In view now at the Met Museum in NY – Jacob Lawerence: The American Struggle. Lawrence said the paintings depicted “the struggles of a people to create a nation and their attempt to build a democracy.” They were painted at the height of the Cold War and Joseph McCarthy’s Red Scare, which also coincided with landmark Civil Rights actions, such as the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling that called for the desegregation of public schools. Many of the paintings are accompanied with quotations from historical texts.
Featured image: In all of your intercourse with the natives, treat them in the most friendly and conciliatory manner which thier own conduct will admit… Jefferson to Lewis & Clark, 1803 1956
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