Art and Culture in         Colonial America

Pieces of artwork in the colonial period.

Coins are currency, which are made either out of bronze, silver, or gold. They were often used in trade, along with paper and commodity money. This is why they were valued.
Political cartoons were made out of paper and ink, and were used to show from a political point of view, what to do about an event. They were valued for giving colonists advice on what to do.
Powder horns are containers for gunpowder. They were made out of ox, cow, or bufffalo horns, and were valued because soldiers could get gunpowder ammo from them, and continue firing.
This is a portrait of a famous person in history, Samuel Adams. Portraits were made of paper and paint, and were used to show what famous people looked like. They were valued for showing the person's role in society.
Hornbooks are the first developed reading book that were taught in Colonial America. They are made of paper and ink. Hornbooks are valued because they were used to educate children in reading.
Rag dolls are toys made of cloth, lace, string, and yarn, which kept children entertained. Rag dolls were valued because children could play with them without easily breaking.
Weapons were used in wars so that the colonists could fight. They are made of materials like: wood, iron, steel, and screws. Colonists valued them for their efficiency in fighting.
Quill pens are feathers whose tip is dipped in ink to write. They are either made of a swan's, crow's, or goose's feather. They are the only tool for writing, so they were valued for this.
Lottery tickets purchased pieces of paper that gave colonists a chance to win a prize. They are made of paper and ink. Lottery tickets were valuable if they were winning tickets, or else they were worthless.
Instruments are used to create musical sounds. They are made of materials such as: wood, metal, nails, strings, and catgut. They were valued for showing emotion like excitement in the rhythm.
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