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Caroline Stansbury Kirkland - Selected Archive Items

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[4340] Thomas Cole, Home in the Woods (1847),
courtesy of Reynolda House, Museum of American Art.
Painted just before the artist died in 1848, Thomas Cole's Home in the Woods depicts the pastoral bliss of a settler family amidst the destructive effect of human intrusion and settlement on wilderness.

[4423] Anonymous, The First Step [Godey's Lady's Book] (June 1858),
courtesy of Hope Greenberg, University of Vermont.
During the nineteenth century, a parlor was perceived as a necessary room in every home. Even Americans who lacked room for a formal parlor adorned their living spaces with decorative objects, such as the paintings and bureau-top items in this drawing.

[5806] J. F. Queen, Home Sweet Home II (1871),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZC4-2056].
Homesteading was often romanticized in American literature and decorative arts, as in this popular pastoral print of a woman feeding sheep.

[8703] Arch C. Gerlach, ed., Map of Territorial Growth--1830 [from The National Atlas of the United States, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Geological Survey] (1970),
courtesy of the General Libraries, University of Texas at Austin.
Spurred by the belief in Manifest Destiny and the search for a Northwest Passage, the United States acquired new land through wars, treaties, and purchase.

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