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Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

18 Jan - 26 Apr 2020

Jacob Lawrence’s Struggle series (1954–56) represents the American Revolution and early history of the Republic. The first-ever museum display of these small-scale panels pairs them with works by contemporary artists including Derrick Adams and Bethany Collins. Find out more from the Peabody Essex Museum’s website.

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...is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? — Patrick Henry, 1775 (1954), Panel 1 from Struggle: From the History of the American People (1954–56), Jacob Lawrence.

…is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? — Patrick Henry, 1775 (1954), Panel 1 from Struggle: From the History of the American People (1954–56), Jacob Lawrence. Photo: Bob Packert/PEM; © The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

I alarmed almost every house till I got to Lexington – Paul Revere (1954), Panel 4 from Struggle: From the History of the American People (1954–56).

I alarmed almost every house till I got to Lexington – Paul Revere (1954), Panel 4 from Struggle: From the History of the American People (1954–56). © The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

In all your intercourse with the natives, treat them in the most friendly and conciliatory manner which their own conduct will admit . . . —Jefferson to Lewis & Clark, 1803 (1956), Panel 18 from Struggle: From the History of the American People (1954–56, Jacob Lawrence.

In all your intercourse with the natives, treat them in the most friendly and conciliatory manner which their own conduct will admit . . . —Jefferson to Lewis & Clark, 1803 (1954), Panel 9 from Struggle: From the History of the American People (1954–56), Jacob Lawrence. Photo: Bob Packert/PEM; © The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Listen, Father! The Americans have not yet defeated us by land; neither are we sure they have done so by water—we therefore wish to remain here and fight our enemy . . . —Tecumseh to the British, Tippecanoe, 1811 (1954), Panel 9 from Struggle: From the History of the American People (1954–56), Jacob Lawrence.

Listen, Father! The Americans have not yet defeated us by land; neither are we sure they have done so by water—we therefore wish to remain here and fight our enemy . . . —Tecumseh to the British, Tippecanoe, 1811 (1954), Panel 21 from Struggle: From the History of the American People (1954–56), Jacob Lawrence. Photo: Bob Packert/PEM; © The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

America: A Hymnal (2017), Bethany Collins.

America: A Hymnal (2017), Bethany Collins. Photo: Tim Johnson

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