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Deepen your classroom study of the Industrial Revolution, Empire, and the environment with these educator packets featuring lesson plans and activity ideas for remote learning.

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Thomas Cole and Industrialization

Lesson Plan Digital Learning Experience
Thomas Cole, River in the Catskills, Oil on canvas, 1843, 27 1/2 × 40 3/8 in, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Gift of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865.

Thomas Cole and Empire

Lesson Plan
Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire: The Consummation of Empire, Oil on canvas, 1836, 51 x 76 in. Collection of The New-York Historical Society, 1858.3.

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