Across the Continent: Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and the Making of America

Across the Continent: Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and the Making of America

by Peter S. Onuf
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813925959

ISBN-13: 9780813925950

Pub. Date: 08/15/2006

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

An obscure undertaking in its own time, the Lewis and Clark expedition has grown in the American imagination, acquiring an almost mythic stature. Arriving as the country commemorates the expedition’s bicentennial, Across the Continent is not an exercise in demythologizing; rather, it is an examination of the explorers’ world and the complicated ways in

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An obscure undertaking in its own time, the Lewis and Clark expedition has grown in the American imagination, acquiring an almost mythic stature. Arriving as the country commemorates the expedition’s bicentennial, Across the Continent is not an exercise in demythologizing; rather, it is an examination of the explorers’ world and the complicated ways in which it relates to our own. The essays collected here look at the global geopolitics that provided the context for the expedition—and at the interest in science, shared by Jefferson, that not only grew from the expedition but, to an extent, justified its undertaking. Finally, the discussion considers the various legacies of the expedition, in particular its impact on Native Americans, and the current struggle over who will control the narrative of the expansion of the American Empire.

Contents
* Introduction: Geopolitics, Science, and Culture Conflicts, Peter S. Onuf and Jeffrey L. Hantman, University of Virginia
* Jefferson’s Pacific: The Science of Distant Empire, 1786-1811, Alan Taylor, University of California, Davis
* Securing America: Jefferson’s Fluid Plans for the Western Perimeter, Jenry Morsman, University of Virginia
* Thomas Jefferson’s Conflicted Legacy in American Archaeology, David Hurst Thomas, American Museum of Natural History
* A Nation Imagined, a Nation Measured: The Jeffersonian Legacy, Kenneth Prewitt, Columbia University
* Oñate’s Foot: Histories, Landscapes, and Contested Memories in the Southwest, Douglas Seefeldt, University of Virginia

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813925950
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
08/15/2006
Series:
Thomas Jefferson Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: Geopolitics, Science, and Culture Conflicts, Peter S. Onuf and Jeffrey L. Hantman, University of Virginia

Jefferson’s Pacific: The Science of Distant Empire, 1786–1811, Alan Taylor, University of California, Davis

Securing America: Jefferson’s Fluid Plans for the Western Perimeter, Jenry Morsman, University of Virginia

Thomas Jefferson’s Conflicted Legacy in American Archaeology, David Hurst Thomas, American Museum of Natural History

A Nation Imagined, a Nation Measured: The Jeffersonian Legacy, Kenneth Prewitt, Columbia University

Oñate’s Foot: Histories, Landscapes, and Contested Memories in the Southwest, Douglas Seefeldt, University of Virginia

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