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Mexican News

Author(s) -   Richard Caton Woodville ; Alfred Jones, engraver

Date -   1845 - 1848

Topic- Cultural Productions, U.S. Political Opposition to the War, U.S. Election of 1844, U.S. Support for the War, U.S. Women and the War, U.S. Election of 1848, U.S. Religious Opposition to the War, Thornton Affair, Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, Battle of Monterrey, Buena Vista/la Angostura, Siege and Occupation of Vera Cruz, Scott's Landing at Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo, Molino del Rey and Chapultepec, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Publication Information -   American Art Union, New York, 1851

Format -   Images

Collection -   The University of Texas at Arlington Library, Special Collections.

Call Number -   85-239 Framed

Description -   No other image quite conveys the spirit of the times as this rare American Art Union engraving from 1853. During the war with Mexico, all people in the United States -- whether young or old, or literally and figuratively marginalized (as in the case of most blacks who were enslaved or women who could not vote) – were caught up in the excitement of the news coming from the southwest. The war was one of the most intensively reported events up to that time, with war correspondents, eyewitness artists, steamboats, telegraphs, pony express riders, steam-powered presses, lithographs, engravings, illustrated newspapers, and even photographs (daguerreotypes) helping to relay information to the public from the seat of battle in record time – often even before official word reached politicians in Washington, D.C. Woodville's original 1848 oil painting which the engraver Jones copied is now part of the collection of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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