Introduction

Students will have the opportunity to examine artworks, approaching them not only from an artist's perspective, but also as primary, historical documents that reveal clues about the time period. After examining works of art by Thomas Cole, Gustav Sohon,John Mix Stanley and other artists, students will also read primary accounts of the period, and examine Bird's Eye View maps and secondary sources. crossingthebitterroot

The question at hand is can an artist/cartographer create accurate landscape paintings and bird's eye view maps that may influence people who are deciding to migrate westward. Can these landscape paintings and bird's eye view maps be used as primary source visual documentation of what lies westward?

 

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