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American Artifacts: The Civil War and American Art (Part 2)

Aired on February 3, 2013 - Part two of a two-part program

Winslow Homer - The Cotton Pickers

Winslow Homer - The Cotton Pickers

Washington, DC
Sunday, February 3, 2013

In this second of a two-part look at a Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibit, curator Eleanor Jones Harvey gives a gallery tour and discusses the symbolism of a selection of paintings and photographs with a group of journalists.

Updated: Monday, March 11, 2013 at 12am (ET)

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