The romantic spirit in American painting, 1800-1870

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Virginia DeeAnne Moore (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Richard Bardolph

Abstract: The American colonies were settled by people from various European nations, beginning in the seventeenth century. The colonists came from different backgrounds and different cultures, but arrived with many of the same hopes and aspirations for a better life—freedom to worship as they pleased, to farm and live in peace. In many respects these people were dissenters, but as they settled in the new land, dissent bred co-operation for the sake of continuity. Europe was in a state of unrest. There was economic rivalry for empires in the New World—rivalries made possible by advances in science and inventions, which in turn stimulated intellectual and cultural progress. The Renaissance shook the religious unity which had dominated the mind of western man for centuries. Men began to appreciate the culture and values which life on earth had for them, and this humanistic mentality influenced the progress of man as new thoughts shaped his actions.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1964

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