A tour of american history through the arts! by erick stafford

     The artworks within this collection represent just a thin slice of our great nation's history and accomplishments. Many people and events have guided America's pathway to freedom and democracy while artists trained their focus on capturing them for the world to see. This assortment seeks to pay tribute to the ingenuity, genius and resolve of the history makers, but also the history tellers.  

Although Christopher Columbus was not the very first man to gaze upon the coast of the Americas, his multiple voyages to and from Europe were the first of their kind. He essentially built a bridge of sustainability across the oceans as he delivered people and supplies for the purposes of colinaization in the "New World".
The original three ships from Columbus' first voyage; the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.
This cartographic representation by English explorer Captain John Smith is very significant because it was the first map created of the New England region of the United States. Smith was one of the founders of Jamestown, which was the first permanent English settlement in the United States.
On December 16, 1773 the Sons of Liberty threw an entire shipment of tea into Boston harbor in opposition to the Tea Act of 1773, which was written into law earlier that year. British Parliamentary rule and what was viewed as "taxation without representation", would ultimately lead to the American Revolutionary War.
George Washington was the first president of the United States of America, and had served as Commander in Chief during the Revolutionary War. He would go on to be called "the father of the United States".
With the composition of this incredible document, the United States of America was born. Declaring themselves independent states, the thirteen original colonies shed British rule and donned the cloak of freedom.
The two-minute address that President Abraham Lincoln delivered just outside of Gettysburg Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863, will forever be engrained in our country's history. It was brief and to the point, yet packed with inspiration and fervor. All spoken by a man who had a heart for freedom and that stood by the principles that make our nation great.
This Lithograph depicts one of America's great contributions to the 20th century, the Ford Model T. It was an affordable automobile that still ranks as one of the most sold vehicles of all time.
In order for peace to exist, nations and peoples must prepare for war. It is an ugly reality that permeates the world we live in, and probably always will. Yet one thing that has set our nation apart, is that we have always been ready and willing to answer the call when needed. We fight for our freedom, and for that of the oppressed. May we always be victorious.
One of the most groundbreaking changes to our nation's history came in the form of the Civil Rights Movement. This process began in the 1950's with the goal of ending racial segregation and discrimination and lead to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
This highly regarded piece by street artist Shepard Fairey became world famous during the 2008 U.S. presidential elections. Today, Fairey's work is displayed in museums across the country and continues to act as a series of hope symbols for millions of Americans.
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