Centered at the top of your screen is a "clickable" image map of Thomas Crawford's 1855-1863 pediment entitled Progress of Civilization. The pediment, situated outside of the Capitol's Senate entrance, measures 960 inches long and is 144 high in the center (113). In many ways, the Progress of Civilization is an excellent metaphor for one of the "typical" representations of American Indians in the Capitol Art of the 1850s; it depicts the decimation of the Indians by Western "progress," prophesizing that remaining Indians, mostly out "West" were doomed to extinction as well.


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