American Culture

Chandler Eury, Makayla Bradway, and John Rawkoski

Hudson River School of Art

19th Century American Art Movement

Art and paintings depict the American landscape as a pastoral setting where humans and nature coexist peacefully

Paints often reflected 3 themes discovery, exploration, and settlement

Painters that emerged about 1850 under the influence of the English émigré Thomas Cole (1801–1848) and flourished until about the time of the Centennial

"founder" of the school, though he himself played no special organizational or fostering role except that he was the teacher of Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900)

Washington Ervin (Irving)

Born April 3, 1783

American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century

He wrote biographies on George Washington, Muhammad, and Oliver Goldsmith

Irving and James Fennimore Cooper, was among the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe, and Irving encouraged American authors such as Edgar Allen Poe

He argued for stronger laws to protect authors

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James Fennimore Cooper

Became part of a group called the notable painters of the Hudson River School

Attacked by newspapers as a false aristocrat poisoned by European influences


Stayed in Europe for 7 years

His historical romances of frontier and Indian life in the early American days created a unique from of American literature

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Noah Webster

Political writer, editor, and prolific author. He has been called the "Father of American Scholarship and Education"

Some of his books taught many American children how to read and write


He rejected many of the school systems ways (greek and latin) and finished teaching English grammar

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