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Monday, June 18, 2012

Worth a Thousand Words: American Progress

This is American Progress by John Gast. Painted in 1872 for a publisher of popular western travel guides, the piece is an allegorical representation of "Manifest Destiny," and if ever a painting was worth a thousand words, this one is it! Here, an angelic Columbia leads American settlers from the enlightened East into the dark, uncivilized West, as bison and Indians flee before them and telegraph wire and trains follow behind them. Click on the pic to get a closer look at all of the detail in this painting. It depicts not only the progression of Manifest Destiny, but also the progression of the settlers themselves.

By the time Trix Lansell makes it to Montana in 1906 in our newest release, Her Prairie Knight, the American West is a somewhat tamer place, but progress is still a force to be reckoned with as the old way of life continues to lose ground to the new.

Her Prairie Knight by B.M. Bower
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