By Joseph J. Ellis
Via graphics of 4 figures—Charles Willson Peale, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, William Dunlap, and Noah Webster—Joseph Ellis presents a different point of view at the function of tradition in post-Revolutionary the US, either its excessive expectancies and its frustrations.
Each lifestyles is attention-grabbing in its personal correct, and every is used to brightly light up the historic context.
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He accepted many nineteenth-century racial stereotypes of African Americans, but he deplored violence against them, opposed slavery, and hated the white vigilantes of the 1870s and later. As early as 1863, Nast produced deeply sympathetic illustrations asserting the potential of African Americans to become 34 Early Work and Training productive members of the American middle class. In fact, Nast’s images of black Americans offer a stark contrast to his drawings of the Irish. 47 More personal reasons may also have motivated Nast.
In it, Nast drew himself as a small, round pig bowing deferentially to his readers. , The Little-Pig Artist,” and includes a short paragraph that sounds very much as though it were written by Sallie Edwards and one of her sisters. ” cries a young lady at our elbow. ” says a miss one year short of her teens. 3 Comparing himself to a pig was less common than his simply emphasizing his untidiness. 4 In these drawings, Nast habitually appeared with wild, unkempt hair, ill-fitting and wrinkled clothing, and a belly that extended far beyond the width of his shoulders.
Unique in the extent of their success, the Harpers nevertheless represent an entire class of men who built businesses on the increasing appetite of Americans for news, entertainment, and literature. In New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston, and, to a lesser extent, smaller cities, publishing was a growth industry, promising riches built on the education and interest of readers across the Republic. In the Harpers, too, appeared the central characteristic of urban publishing: its constant change.
After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture by Joseph J. Ellis