Seizing Opportunity - Exhibit Narrative, May 28th, 2010 - Autry Museum Of Western Art, Los Angeles, CA
The sign reads: Seizing Opportunity - At the expense of the rights of other nations and native peoples, Americans aggressively moved west beginning in the 1820s. Many Americans believed in "Manifest Destiny," a concept which held that divine providence intended the nation to grow. This sense of purpose helped to justify the acquisition of Oregon, Texas, California and the Southwest, even at the price of war with Mexico.
The Miners - Exhibit Narrative, May 28th, 2010 - Autry Museum Of Western Art, Los Angeles, CA
The sign reads: Many miners worked alone especially those looking for gold. They staked their claims and worked them without help using such common tools as pick, mining pan and candlestick (for underground work). A miner's poke carried gold dust. Small portable scales in a violin shaped case were popular among Chinese miners. African American, Hispanic, Chinese and other minorities searched for wealth but often found discrimination instead. Few individual miners found great wealth. Most found hard labor and few rewards.
Tools for Trail, Home, and Occupation - Exhibit Narrative, May 28th, 2010 Autry Museum Of Western Art, Los Angeles, CA
The sign reads: Tools for Trail, Home, and Occupation - Many wagons were loaded with tools for life on the trail, farming at new settlements or to serve other occupations of the traveler. Journey's end found the emigrants in a new land, usually by late autumn, when it was too late to plant crops. Settlers spent the winter searching for land, building homes, and awaiting spring. Soon, merchants, tradesmen, farmers, and their families populated new communities.
Oxen used to pull wagons now pulled plows and helped to clear the land. Axes, shovels, and rakes found use in making homes, businesses and farms. Occupying the land, these people pushed aside native peoples who preceded them in the search for opportunity.
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