William Bartram and the American Revolution on the Southern Frontier

William Bartram and the American Revolution on the Southern Frontier

by Edward J. Cashin
     
 

In Travels, the celebrated 1791 account of the "Old Southwest," William Bartram recorded the natural world he saw around him but, rather incredibly, omitted any reference to the epochal events of the American Revolution. Edward J. Cashin places Bartram in the context of his times and explains his conspicuous avoidance of people, places, and events embroiled in… See more details below

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In Travels, the celebrated 1791 account of the "Old Southwest," William Bartram recorded the natural world he saw around him but, rather incredibly, omitted any reference to the epochal events of the American Revolution. Edward J. Cashin places Bartram in the context of his times and explains his conspicuous avoidance of people, places, and events embroiled in revolutionary fervor.

Cashin suggests that while Bartram documented the natural world for plant collector John Fothergill, he wrote Travels for an entirely different audience. Convinced that Providence directed events for the betterment of mankind and that the Constitutional Convention would produce a political model for the rest of the world, Bartram offered Travels as a means of shaping the new country. Cashin illuminates the convictions that motivated Bartram-that if Americans lived in communion with nature, heeded the moral law, and treated the people of the interior with respect, then America would be blessed with greatness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570036859
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,451,107
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations and Maps
Preface
Abbreviations
Prologue1
1The Georgia Coast5
2The Ceded Lands38
3East Florida76
4The Cherokee Country125
5The Creek Country160
6The Military Engagement208
7Philadelphia235
Epilogue254
Notes261
Bibliography303
Index315

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