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The Art of Mort Künstler / The American Spirit / A New Nation

Here you will find a pictorial chronicle of the drama and excitement of American History. These paintings give the viewer an insight into the tumultuous life of this young nation that mere words cannot achieve.

First Rhode Island Infantry SOLD

Despite George Washington's opposition, African-Americans continued to serve in the Continental army throughout the war. In 1778, Rhode Island created a regiment manned mostly by blacks, and it served with distinction. Washington's views eventually changed too. Friends and comrades such as Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, and John Laurens urged him to arm blacks on a large scale. While he balked at doing that much, he did learn to tolerate fully integrated black troops who may have constituted as much as 10 percent of the army by 1781. His experience of their patriotism and bravery may contributed to his later decision to write an order freeing his slaves into his final will and testament.

Date Created: 2013

Medium: oil on canvas

Image Size: 12" x 16"


All illustrations by Mort Künstler. Text by Michael Aubrecht, Dee Brown, Henry Steele Commager, Rod Gragg, Mort Künstler, Edward Lengel, James McPherson, and James I. Robertson, Jr. - Copyright © 2001-2022. All Rights Reserved. No part of the contents of this web site may be reproduced or utilized in any form by any means without written consent of the artist.