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After the Revolution: Everyday Life in America, 1780-1800

November 18, 1985 – March 3, 2002

Museum: American History Museum

Location: 2nd Floor, East Wing

Through some 1,100 objects, this exhibition illuminates the communities and the lives of several well-documented families in the 1780s and 1790s -- the first generation of people to live in the newly created United States of America. The exhibition begins with a multimedia program that introduces the diversity of American life in the late 18th century and how 3 major cultural groups adapted to new ways of life -- Native Americans; Europeans; and Africans, both slave and free. 

The following 3 cultural groups are used to explore the struggle of maintaining old traditions while adapting to new ways of life:

  • African Americans in the Chesapeake region
  • the Seneca nation of the Iroquois Confederacy
  • Citizens of Philadelphia, including craftspeople, and free blacks and their foundation of the A.M.E. Church.