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American Revolution Reference Library Vol 1 Almanac by Barbara C Bigelow; Stacy A McConnell

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Americans with a knowledge of European architecture—and plenty of money—built many impressive and elegant houses. The best known was future American president Thomas Jefferson’s (1743–1826) Virginia home, Monticello. A scholar, author, statesman, and naturalist, the multitalented Jefferson counted among his gifts a knowledge of architecture. He began the building of Monticello in 1771 and perfected the home over the next forty years. Lifestyles of wealthy colonials before the Revolution Class structure was very much alive in the colonial period.

Artists like Benjamin West (1738–1820), Gilbert Stuart (1755–1828), Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827), and John Singleton Copley (1738–1815) represented the finest in American artistic achievement. Their subjects were portrayed in the act of pursuing everyday endeavors. Copley depicted patriot John Adams standing with a document in one hand and pointing at another on his desk, apparently in the middle of writing a speech. Likewise, he por- 38 American Revolution: Almanac trayed Paul Revere in his work clothes, sitting at his work table near a teapot he had made.

These included beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and turnips. Since settlements tended to grow up along the ocean or rivers, seafood was often on the menu. Oysters were popular with nearly everyone, but—very surprisingly—lobsters were considered fit only for the poor. ” Farmers there grew wheat to supply the colonies, Canada, and the West Indies. The green vegetables and the cheeses, salads, and apples introduced by the Germans and the Dutch made the diet in these colonies more varied than in any other part of the New World.

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