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Hidden Cities; The Discovery and Loss of Ancient North American Civilization
     

Hidden Cities; The Discovery and Loss of Ancient North American Civilization

by Roger G. Kennedy
 
For nearly 6,000 years the Ohio and Mississippi valleys sustained cultures whose monumental architecture rivaled the pyramids of Mexico and Egypt. Yet the history and archaeology of these early North Americans has gone largely ignored and, in some cases, has been forgotten.

In Hidden Cities, Roger G. Kennedy sets out to recover the rich heritage of the

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For nearly 6,000 years the Ohio and Mississippi valleys sustained cultures whose monumental architecture rivaled the pyramids of Mexico and Egypt. Yet the history and archaeology of these early North Americans has gone largely ignored and, in some cases, has been forgotten.

In Hidden Cities, Roger G. Kennedy sets out to recover the rich heritage of the earliest North American peoples and to trace their influence of the leading citizens of a young United States, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, whose missions of exploration and inquiry brought them face-to-face with the remnants of the past. Building on the work of recent archaeologists and historians, Kennedy reveals the sophistication and complexity of these early cities and offers reasons why history has until recently refused to credit fully the accomplishments of our Native American predecessors.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Kennedy, an architectural historian and director of the National Park Service, examines how certain of the Founding Fathers-particularly Washington, Jefferson, and Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin-set out to create a nation free from the prejudices and superstitions of Europe and how they became aware that they missed a great opportunity in the West. He uses their reactions to the mound architecture of the Ohio and Mississippi valleys as the filter for their views on the status of Native Americans and blacks. He also reviews the rationales others used in explaining away the mounds and considers why the mounds were built in the first place. Solidly grounded in archaeological and historical sources, this book requires some effort on the part of the reader to follow Kennedy's argument; it will be most useful to those already well versed in early American history and archaeology. Recom-mended for specialists.-Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140255270
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/1996
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.74(d)

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