Interpretation of Bingham's “The Belated Wayfarers”

Friday, June 8, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:12 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

By the mid 19th century, manifest destiny, an imperialist policy that Americans were preordained to expand territory to bolster social, political and economic influences, was deeply entrenched in the country’s consciousness. Bingham, a vocal champion of industry and economic growth, often painted noble representations of the wayfarers or pilgrims that braved these daunting expeditions.