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The purpose of the exhibition “Treasures of Americana, 1760-1830” is to provide a view of what historians have traditionally called the Revolutionary Era (1763-1783) and the Federal Era (1789-1829) of United States history. The presentation of printed and manuscript material highlights political events and developments: the burgeoning movement for independence, the Revolutionary War, the creation and ratification of the Constitution, presidential politics, the War of 1812, and the working out of national boundaries. At the same time, the exhibition is deliberately multi-faceted; in addition to political issues, it touches upon social, economic, religious, scientific, and literary matters. In this way a wider window on late eighteenth and early nineteenth century American life will be available.
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