American Art Museum & the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. #2
American Art Museum & the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. continues from my other post on the subject.
This one has to do with photo documentation from the last part of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.
The transition from a rural society to an industrialised created problems as waves of immigrants came to the United States. Excerpt from a description at the museum:
Theodore Roosevelt, who took office at the turn of the century, used his excutive power to instigate social and economic progress. He was a pioneer of modern government whose legacy transcented his years in office. After the United States’ entrance to the First World War in 1917, the economy prospered, and the country experienced lasting social changes- such as those promted by the nineteeths amendment, which granted women the right to vote
Continuous excerpts from information at the museum:
He was among the most learned presidents, a civil service reformer, a hero in the Spanish -American war, He contributed to conserving the nation’s natural heritage and the building of the Panama Canal.
Photos from that period
His friend Theodore Roosevelt called Riis “the most useful citizen of New York”.
Times were tough between the two world wars.
Old black and white photos always fascinated me, and at the National Portrait Gallery, you can see American history through these photos and paintings about immigrants and American citizens enduring times of hardship.