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Photography’s arrival in America coincided with the rise of an industrial economy, the growth of urban population centers, and what some saw as the Manifest Destiny of spanning the continent from sea to sea. Images of progress and industry were quickly added to photography’s catalogue of places and people. Some of these images reflect idealistically, and at times nostalgically, on the beauty and humanity of our own backyards. Others stand as critical or ironic social documents, inviting outrage as well as compassion about the way we live our lives.