American Progress

This chromolithograph by George A. Crofutt after the1872 painting of the same title by John Gast captured a view held by Americans in the mid 19th century:"Manifest Destiny". This was a belief that the United States had a God-given right to expand from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. It shows settlers moving west protected by the spirit of Columbia (or the U.S.).
Courtesy of the Library of Congress.