John Gast's "American Progress" is one of the most recognized images in American history. Your students will analyze Gast's portrayal of Manifest Destiny on their own, and then you will walk them through the various portions of the scene in a PowerPoint to show what he was trying to get the viewer to see in this incredible work of art.
The PowerPoint is made up of 27 slides that are in .jpg format, meaning they cannot be edited.
Table of Contents:
2 pages on 8.5” x 11” paper:
-1 page: American Progress image
-1 page: Table with 10 blanks for students to write in
27 slides that include the explanation of the different pieces of the painting, such as the Western Union carriage, the differing skyline, the California Gold Rush, etc.
Check out the "American Progress” painting recreation I have listed below for a fun accompanying piece. My students enjoy these resources so I hope yours do too!
American Progress Painting Recreation
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