Fields of Vision: Essays on the Travels of William Bartram, 1739-1823 / Edition 2

Fields of Vision: Essays on the Travels of William Bartram, 1739-1823 / Edition 2

by Kathryn E. Holland Braund
     
 

ISBN-10: 0817316825

ISBN-13: 9780817316822

Pub. Date: 02/28/2010

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

 A classic work of history, ethnography, and botany, and an examination of the life and environs of the 18th-century south.

William Bartram was a naturalist, artist, and author of Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the ExtensiveTerritories of the Muscogulees, or Creek Confederacy, and

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 A classic work of history, ethnography, and botany, and an examination of the life and environs of the 18th-century south.

William Bartram was a naturalist, artist, and author of Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the ExtensiveTerritories of the Muscogulees, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Choctaws. The book, based on his journey across the South, reflects a remarkable coming of age. In 1773, Bartram departed his family home near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a British colonist; in 1777, he returned as a citizen of an emerging nation of the United States. The account of his journey, published in 1791, established a national benchmark for nature writing and remains a classic of American literature, scientific writing, and history. Brought up as a Quaker, Bartram portrayed nature through a poetic lens of experience as well as scientific observation, and his work provides a window on 18th-century southern landscapes. Particularly enlightening and appealing are Bartram’s detailed accounts of Seminole, Creek, and Cherokee peoples.
 

The Bartram Trail Conference fosters Bartram scholarship through biennial conferences held along the route of his travels. This richly illustrated volume of essays, a selection from recent conferences, brings together scholarly contributions from history, archaeology, and botany. The authors discuss the political and personal context of his travels; species of interest to Bartram; Creek architecture; foodways in the 18th-century south, particularly those of Indian groups that Bartram encountered; rediscovery of a lost Bartram manuscript; new techniques for charting Bartram’s trail and imaging his collections; and a fine analysis of Bartram’s place in contemporary environmental issues.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817316822
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
02/28/2010
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations....................ix
Preface: "Fields of Vision"....................xi
Acknowledgments....................xv
1. The Real World of Bartram's Travels Edward J. Cashin....................3
2. William Bartram, Wrightsborough, and the Prospects for the Georgia Backcountry, 1765-1774 Robert Scott Davis....................15
3. William Bartram's Gustatory Tour Kathryn E. Holland Braund....................33
4. The Two Williams: Science and Connections in West Florida Robert J. Malone....................54
5. William Bartram and the Forms of Natural History Stephanie Volmer....................71
6. Nature, Man, and God: The Introduction to Bartram's Travels Burt Kornegay....................81
7. Before Bartram: Artist-Naturalist Mark Catesby Arlene Fradkin and Mallory McCane O'Connor....................91
8. The Bartrams, Clarence B. Moore, and Mount Royal: Early Archaeology on the St. Johns River, Florida Jerald T. Milanich....................117
9. Where Bartram Sat: Historic Creek Indian Architecture in the Eighteenth Century Craig T. Sheldon Jr....................137
10. E. G. Squier's Manuscript Copy of William Bartram's Observations on the Creek and Cherokee Indians Mark Williams....................169
11. William Bartram's Oenothera grandiflora: "The Most Pompous and Brilliant Herbaceous Plant yet Known to Exist" Joel T. Fry....................183
12. The Mystery of the Okeechobee Gourd Marc C. Minno and Maria Minno....................204
13. The Role of Digital Specimen Images in Historical Research Stephanie C. Haas, Kent D. Perkins,and Michael Bond....................213
14. Bartram's Legacy: Nature Advocacy Charlotte M. Porter....................221
Bibliography....................239
Contributors....................261
Index....................265

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