Progress has always been a part of the American Dream. Colonists brought this ideal with them as they founded and developed new colonies. Others decided they needed to progress towards the West. Yet with progress comes sacrifice. Sometimes the progress of the the city takes away from the simplicity and beauty of the country.

The colonists believed that their European way of life was superior to the Natives way of life. They believed that by teaching the Natives how to live the "right way," the Natives would be happier. The idea of helping the Natives progress did not always work in the colonists favor as shown in this painting.
This painting portrays the wildness and beauty of the Sierra Nevada. Nature is untouched and majestic. Could man's progress and exploration into this part of the country diminish the majesty of nature?
Many traveled to California because they believed that they could improve their lives by mining for gold. The discovery of gold was a huge development for the new world and enabled many to live the American Dream. It also brought many to CA to develop that part of the country.
The men are putting forth much effort to progress and move the boat in the direction that they want to. This reminds me of all the **** work that was done by the founding fathers to give this country independence from Britain.
This painting also conveys the idea of progression towards independence as the American ship captures the British ship.
Based on clothing and the relationship between the white man and the black man, this seems to be a free black man. The ending of slavery was a big moment of progress in the United States.
laws had to be enacted in order for this country to progress and be successful. It's hard to read exactly what these law postings are saying but it doesn't look good for the artist. Laws are usually a very positive thing yet some laws put limitations on individual citizens or groups that do not allow these citizens or groups to progress.
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