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
     
 

In 1773, William Bartram departed his family home near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a British colonist; in 1777, he returned as a citizen of an emerging nation, 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

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In 1773, William Bartram departed his family home near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a British colonist; in 1777, he returned as a citizen of an emerging nation, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817355715
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
02/28/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface: "Fields of Vision" xi

Acknowledgments xv

I Encounters Along the Trail

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

II Reading Bartram

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 Mallory McCane O'Connor 91

III Uncovering Bartram: New Discoveries

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

IV Botanical Discoveries

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 Maria Minno 204

V Natural History Writing in the Twenty-First Century

13 The Role of Digital Specimen Images in Historical Research Stephanie C. Haas Kent D. Perkins Michael Bond 213

14 Bartram's Legacy: Nature Advocacy Charlotte M. Porter 221

Bibliography 239

Contributors 261

Index 265

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