“Making America Great Again”–Part 13

The series turns from warfare to the country’s fledgling problems……the War of 1812 has ended and now the country needs to move beyond a war footing and do what is necessary to keep the country together…..this is the era of revolutions…..

Maj. Sjursen continues to inform and educate with his series……..and now onto Part 13…..

Part 13 of “American History for Truthdiggers.”

It was a time of great change. And, as always, a picture—or in this case a painting—is worth a thousand words. In the portrait above, Patrick Lyon of Philadelphia is depicted as a blacksmith hard at work at the forge. He wears an apron and a shirt that shows his muscular forearms. This portrait was commissioned by Lyon himself, and it depicts a man proud of his labor, toil and strength. Here was a working man—blue-collar chic!

This is stranger than it may appear to modern eyes. After all, in the 18th and early 19th centuries, men who could afford to commission such paintings usually preferred to be portrayed in formal dress, adorned in powdered wig and leggings and surrounded by the expensive objects that implied an aristocratic status. Something had changed.


The series is approaching the time when almost everything changes…..the Jacksonian Era…..

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4 thoughts on ““Making America Great Again”–Part 13

  1. In Britain, this was the era of the ‘Industrial revolution’ and the growth of railways too. That cotton from America made many mill-owners rich over here. Still enjoying this series, chuq. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. A few on my ancestors were in North Georgia in the Piedmont raising cooton during that time. Most were further north in the Southern Appalachians. They owned land but it was hilly. They raised some corn and peas, owned a few cows and hogs and lived off what they could grow. Not prosperous landowners. But they had large famlies to work the farm. Probably intermarried with the Cherokees. After Hsckson sent the Indians west they acquired more land. But it was still mountainous and not very productive.

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