Badger: Making of America

The theme and title of my virtual exhibit is “The Making of America.” I chose to showcase images that exemplified the development of the American nation and identity. They are arranged specifically to show the unprecedented progress and exceptionalism that has come to define America from the Revolutionary War to present day. The earlier works of miners and pastoral landscapes present America’s rural past. The Civil War is impossible to ignore as a challenge to the American nation. The images from the Depression and post-war show an industrialized country growing and changing rapidly. Finally, the images from San Francisco show the development of an urban, post-industrial America and planning for the future. I think Washington Crossing the Delaware appropriately highlights the theme. Painted with oil on canvas (149 inches by 255 inches) in 1851 by Emanuel Leutz, it depicts then-General George Washington leading his men over the Delaware River on the evening of December 25th to 26th in 1776. It powerfully portrays a seminal moment in the American Revolution, the most important event in the literal creation of an American identity.

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