"Revolutionary America! 1763-1789 April 20-November 3, 2002

Becoming American

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In this photo:

LAND GRANT and INDENTURE FOR SALE OF PROPERTY (far left) in the Miami River Valley of Ohio granted to Daniel Hoover, great-great-great uncle of Herbert Hoover and the son of Andrew, a war veteran who died in 1794. The sale of this land was signed in 1808 by President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison.

  On loan from the collection of:
    --Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch IA
LAND GRANT for 5,675 acres of western land granted to war veteran Lt. Colonel James Monroe, signed by Governor Patrick Henry of Virginia in 1786
    --James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, Fredericksburg VA
INDENTURE CONTRACT (framed) transferring slaves and other property, 1807, and PUBLISHED ARGUMENTS (in case) including an 1816 ESSAY, an 1833 APPEAL, an 1834 LECTURE, and 1836 and 1838 NARRATIVES written by the American Anti-Slavery Society.
    --James Hicks, Iowa City IA
ARTWORK (reproduction) depicting a grain mill on the Brandywine, a prosperous city of Charleston, and the lone widow of an Indian chief.

Thirteen Heads?

After terms of peace were finally signed in 1783, economic upheaval and disunity caused a dismayed George Washington to remark, "I see one head changing into thirteen." England fortified posts in the Northwest and Canada in anticipation of U.S. failure, as the Spanish watched from their settlements in the Southwest.

Yet gradually a national identity was formed and "American" came to stand for resourcefulness and ingenuity. Industry, business and trade opportunities blossomed, both in the East and in the West, as the nation expanded to its new western boundary at the Mississippi River. However, the promise of equality for all men was not realized. Two continuing issues - slavery of African Americans and the treatment of Native Americans - would create dramatic chapters in U.S. history over the next century.


How Did We Do? Sub-Sections
The High Price of Liberty
George Washington
Becoming American (You are here)
Miracle at Philadelphia
  Three Visionaries: James Madison, Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton
  The First President of the United States
The Real Revolution
  The Original Rebels


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