The Course of Empire

Thomas Cole (1801 – 1836) painted these in 1835 – 1836.  The originals are in the New York Historical Society
The Course of Empire

Pastoral or Arcadian




There is the moral of all human tales;

 ‘Tis but the same rehearsal of the past.
First freedom and then Glory – when that fails,
Wealth, vice, corruption – barbarism at last.
And History, with all her volumes vast,
Hath but one page…

                                            —    Lord Byron Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

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My day job is assisting individuals and small businesses as a lawyer. I taught real estate law and American history in the Dallas County Community College system. I have owned and operated private security firms and was a police officer and criminal investigator for the Dallas Police Department.

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