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1846: Portrait of the Nation
1846 Portrait of the Nation
Author: Margaret C.S. Christman
In 1846 America, a young, vibrant republic, was expanding in directions unimagined only a few years earlier. The nation plunged into war with Mexico and rushed to settle the West. The country saw the steady rise of cities, the expansion of the railroad, and the emergence of great works of literature and art. On August 10 of that year, in an act ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781560986744
ISBN-10: 1560986743
Publication Date: 4/17/1996
Pages: 211
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Publisher: Smithsonian
Book Type: Paperback
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188 illustrations, 77 in color.
1846 shares about American daily life, ideas and politics. It was published in connection to an exhibition seen at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, in 1996.
Robert Remini, a historian of the Jacksonian era, introduces 1846, which exhibits contemporary America nearing its "manifest destiny." The US at war with Mexico is covered. Cartoons, daguerreotypes, and paintings demonstrate the activities of politicians and generals involved in CA's conquering. Christman briefs readers on events that started the war. Other topics covered include urbanization, the railroad boom, and movements to abolish slavery and temper alcohol consumption. I enjoyed learning about the year's best songs. There are many artifacts to look at, if you don't like reading history.