From approximately 1912 to 1945, when the renowned illustrator N. C. Wyeth was most active, the country was fighting under the American flag, the symbol of freedom. Patriotism was every citizen's duty, & N. C. Wyeth's work epitomized all that was American. By the time Jamie Wyeth came of age, the country was once again at war, but to some "patriotism" no longer meant marching off to battle but marching in protest. The contrast between these two eras comes alive in the vibrant art of two generations of Wyeths, augmented by provocative essays on the subject by Brokaw, Michaelis, & Smith. An exhibition organized by the Farnsworth Art Museum opens in Rockland, Maine, in August 2000, & will travel to everal other venues across the country into 2002. The Wyeth name is one of the best-known in twentieth-century American art. N. C. Wyeth was America's foremost illustrator in the early twentieth century. Jamie Wyeth's paintings have been exhibited internationally. Tom Brokaw, bestselling author of The Greatest Generation & The Greatest Generation Speaks, will contribute an essay on the theme of patriotism in the United States. Tom Brokaw is the anchor of the NBC Nightly News. David Michaelis is the author of N. C. Wyeth: A Biography. Lauren Raye Smith is the Wyeth Center Curator at the Farnsworth Art Museum.Wyeth, N. C. is the author of 'One Nation Patriots and Pirates Portrayed by N.C. Wyeth and James Wyeth', published 2000 under ISBN 9780821227008 and ISBN 0821227009.