Book Review of 1846: Portrait of the Nation

1846: Portrait of the Nation
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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.