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ENGL 431: American Frontiers: Getting Started

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Across the Continent

Palmer, F. (Fanny). Across the Continent. "Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way," Color lithograph, 1868. From the Carnegie Arts of the United States Collection. Image via ArtStor.

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