The Louisiana Purchase: A Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia

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In one easy-access resource, The Louisiana Purchase brings together the work of over 100 experts covering historical figures, relevant legal and historical concepts, states that formed in the new territory, frontier outposts, and the Native Americans uprooted by expansion westward. The book examines every aspect and consequence of Thomas Jefferson's momentous transaction: the largest real estate deal in American history.

Readers will learn how the purchase made Manifest Destiny really seem like destiny; how it sparked the rise of America's urban industrial society and inflamed passions over the expansion of slavery; and how it triggered tragic conflicts between the government and Native Americans as well as immeasurable environmental damage. Ideal for students, historians, and public and private libraries, the Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive reference ever compiled on an event so central to the American experience that it seems to lie at the heart of everything triumphant and tragic in our history.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[T]his encyclopedia is a timely addition to the literature on the subject. . . The timeliness of this encyclopedia and the breadth of coverage make it an important reference book. Overall, this will be an excellent resource for high-school, public, and academic libraries."



"[T]his large, authoritative volume offers much more than its title suggests. . . .Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries."


Library Journal

"A comprehensive historical and geographical resource on the events, personalities, and institutions connected with the Louisiana Purchase and the subsequent westward expansion of the U.S. . . . This is a meticulous, scholarly work that will undoubtedly be welcomed for its voluminous facts on the period especially during next year's bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase."


School Library Journal

"How have librarians managed without this encyclopedia, which fills not a niche but a serious (if perhaps unrecognized) lacuna in American history reference collections? . . . The impending bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition makes this an excellent purchase for all libraries."



"Attractive, user friendly, ably written, and well documented, this sourcebook is a recommended purchase for the reference section of high school and college libraries."


American Reference Books Annual

"This encyclopedia includes information about more than the Louisiana Purchase. . . it literally covers the opening of the West. . . could find a home in either reference or circulating collections. It is worthy of consideration by high school, public and undergraduate libraries."


Against the Grain

Library Journal
Containing nearly 300 entries by some 85 contributors, this large, authoritative volume offers much more than its title suggests. The entries include profiles of obvious persons or events directly related to the Louisiana Purchase, such as Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Lewis and Clark, and there are scores of articles on events leading up to the purchase. But Rodriguez's introduction states correctly that the purchase was more than just a transfer of real estate: it was a seminal event in the development of the United States. Therefore, the book includes numerous accounts of events, persons, or institutions that came long after 1803, e.g., the Homestead Act of 1862 and the St. Louis Gateway Arch. Rodriguez (history, Eureka Coll.) has edited two earlier books for ABC-CLIO (Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery and Chronology of World Slavery), and his newest book is a veritable encyclopedia of the American West. The various Native American tribes, the army forts, the states that were formed out of the territory, and many other topics receive separate entries. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.-T.J. Schaeper, St. Bonaventure Univ., New York Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
April 2003 is the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase. Entries in this reference work examine historical figures and important concepts as well as the negative consequences of the Purchase, such as the depopulation of indigenous people. Background information on the Purchase and on the American West and the westward movement is provided, with entries on fur trapping, buffalo soldiers, the Battle of New Orleans, the Oregon Trail, and the Burr Conspiracy. An introduction offers an overview, and a chronology, maps, and some fifty primary documents are included, along with b&w historical illustrations. Rodriguez teaches history at Eureka College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576071885
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/20/2002
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

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