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Transcript of American Nationalism
Hudson River School: Thomas Pritchard Rossiter "The Signing of the Constitution of the United States" by Thomas Pritchard Rossiter illustrates the theme of nationalism because it depicts the act that made the United States an independent nation while the founders take pride in the new country as they sign the constitution. Thomas Pritchard Rossiter's "America Triumphant" depicts the theme of nationalism because it shows the pride of the nation through the large American flag as it billows in the wind, the goodness of the people as the woman frees a slave, the abundance of the country as the cornucopia by the feet of the people overflows with crops, and the gentility the citizens are treated with as the woman offers the young lady with a child a drink. Rocky Mountain School:
Thomas Hill Thomas Hill's painting of the Napa Valley illustrates the theme of nationalism as it shows the promise of the area for expansion and new development. The beauty of the area depicted in the scene shows a sense of pride that the people feel towards the United States. Thomas Hill's "The Last Spike" illustrates American nationalism as it depicts a proud scene of a railroad as it is finished. The railroad system was a means that connected the east and the west, creating a sense unity throughout the nation. This brought pride and patriotism to the people as it strengthened the feeling of nationhood. Genre Artists:
William Sydney Mount William Sydney Mount's image of an American farmer husking corn illustrates the theme of nationalism because it depicts a sense of pride in the farmer as he inspects his crop. His agricultural aspirations for the nation can be seen through this pride. This image, "Rustic Dance After a Sleigh Ride", illustrates nationalism by its depiction of the people coming together to celebrate as Americans. It shows that they are happy to be in America and feel no animosity towards the nation. Development Architecture Thomas Jefferson believed that Classical Revival was a more appropriate style for public buildings in the U.S. than modeling them after the Georgian style because it reflected the style of the Romans. Republican government was established by the Romans, and it was therefore appropriate for Jefferson to use the same architectural style in addition to a similar governmental style. Georgian was modeled after King George, who was the leader of a monarchy; the exact rule that America was breaking away from. Monticello University of Virginia Virginia Capitol Building The theme of Emerson's work, titled Nature, is that divinity diffuses all nature, and reality can only be understood through studying nature. Emerson's theme was so individual and uniquely American that he was acclaimed to be one of the first writers to develop his own unique writing style, which was a contrast to other writers heavily influenced by British culture. Sixty years after America declared independence, its culture was still influenced by Europe. Through his work, Emerson provided a philosophical framework for building a new cultural identity that was specifically all-American. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
Paul Revere's Ride The theme of Longfellow's work was that Paul Revere was a hero for his assistance during the Revolutionary War. This illustrates American nationalism because it created a sense of pride in the people for what others had done to protect the nation, and made them proud to live in the United States. John Greenleaf Whittier: Justice and Expediency The theme of Whittier's work was antislavery, and after it was published he became a founding member of the American Anti-Slavery Society. This contributed to a sense of nationalism because it was an important act against slavery and made the enslaved people feel as though there was hope for them in the New World after all.