American Progress - 1873


American Progress - George  Crofutt

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This chromolithograph print was published in 1873, after an allegorical 1872 painting of the same name by John Gast. The image, sometimes referred to as Manifest Destiny, was still very much in use by the time of the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland in 1905.

Some of us today might  find it scary. You can see the artist's depiction of native people and even animals fleeing upon the approach of farmers, miners, and railroads. And the depiction promises that by carrying a school book and stringing telegraph lines, Progress will bring light to the darkened skies of the West.

-- This engraving is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0191
Photographer Engraving
Location Oregon Trail
Subject Oregon Trail
Decade 1870s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Engraving
Size of Original 12.0 x 16.0 inches
Photographer's Number No