Gast American Progress Analysis

Report
American Progress
by John Gast
What does Gast’s painting suggest
about how whites defined
“progress” in the West?
What are some of the technological
symbols used to convey the advance of
“civilization” in the West?
Why do you think Gast chose a woman
as his symbol for westward
expansionism?
What are some of the attitudes toward
Indians and the environment expressed
by Gast?

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