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Thomas Eakins painted scenes from modern life at a time when modern life was evolving at a breathtaking pace. During Eakins' lifetime the United States doubled in physical size. The population of the country doubled. The number of foreign-born immigrants, industrial workers, and white collar workers doubled, as did the divorce rate, the suicide rate and the gross national product. Eakins witnessed the assassination of three presidents, and the impeachment of another. Congress entertained twelve new amendments to the Constitution, seven of which became law.

During his lifetime, the world experienced remarkable advances in science, industry, and technology. America was a place of new discoveries and new frontiers. Check out world events that happened during Eakins' lifetime, and experience the scenes from modern life that influenced the painter from Philadelphia.
1844 - 1856: Birth
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World Events: 1844
1857 - 1865: Central High School
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World Events: 1857
1866 - 1868: L' École des Beaux Arts, Paris
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World Events: 1866
1869: Seville
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World Events: 1869
1870 - 1874: Return to Philadelphia
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World Events: 1870
1875: Gross Clinic
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World Events: 1875
1876 - 1878: Susan Eakins, Centennial Exposition, PAFA
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World Events: 1876
1879 - 1880: Influence of Photography
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World Events: 1879
1881: First Use of Camera
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World Events: 1881
1882: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
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World Events: 1882
1883: Arcadia in Avondale
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World Events: 1883
1884 - 1885: Photography in Work
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World Events: 1884
1886: Eakins Resigns
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World Events: 1886
1887 - 1899: North Dakota
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World Events: 1887
1900 - 1915: A New World
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World Events: 1900
1916: Death
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World Events: 1916
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