The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 101, July 1997 - April, 1998 Page: 336
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Cover: American Progress, by John Gast, 1872. Oil on canvas, 17"/4 x 21'/2
inches. Courtesy Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles.
Brooklyn artist John Gast painted this canvas to symbolize Manifest Des-
tiny, the inevitable movement of the American empire across the West.
A heavenly female figure, with the Star of Empire on her forehead,
holds a school book in one hand and telegraph wires in the other, sym-
bolically carrying civilization across the continent. Indians and wildlife
recede ever westward before the oncoming miners, farmers, settlers,
stagecoach, and railroad. In an article beginning on page 275 of this is-
sue, William T. Kerrigan discusses the role of Manifest Destiny in Jane
Cazneau's view of the Southwestern frontier as seen from Eagle Pass,
Texas, in the 185os.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 101, July 1997 - April, 1998, periodical, 1998; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117155/m1/336/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.