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The Grand Canon, Yellowstone...

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Unit One: The Photographer, the Artist, and Yellowstone Park

Using three American Memory collections, students recognize the impact photographer William Henry Jackson and artist Thomas Moran had on the creation of Yellowstone National Park. As members of the 1871 Hayden Expedition, Jackson's and Moran's images helped to shape Americans' ideas of the West. Students compare the photographic images with the paintings that resulted. They explore the legislative records and historical mapping of the area and produce an essay describing how Jackson's and Moran's artistic talents contributed to the creation of the American West.


Students will be able to:

  • Select images from the Library of Congress online collections.
  • Discuss how images played an important role in the creation of the national parks and American's ideas of the West.
  • Write a short essay using complete citations.