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…..