News From Ramaz
The 10th grade World Jewish History classes visited the MET's new exhibition, "Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings." As part of the transnational 10th grade History curriculum, students have been exploring the experiences of industrialization, democratization, and the development of the nation-state on both sides of the Atlantic. The wonderful exhibition impressed upon students the extent to which the peripatetic, British-born, American-based, early nineteenth-century Romantic artist, Cole – commonly seen as an intensely nationalistic figure – was in fact a product of the remarkable globalization of the period. Students also learnt that Cole, often regarded as an early proponent of "Manifest Destiny" – the notion that America had a God-given right to expand - was extremely pessimistic about the ecological ramifications of imperial growth and economic development.