The Great Acquisition: An Introduction to the Louisiana Purchase

The Great Acquisition: An Introduction to the Louisiana Purchase


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The Great Acquisition: An Introduction to the Louisiana Purchase by Peter J Kastor

This book takes a fresh look at the Louisiana Purchase, considered by many to be the single most important event in United States history. As a result of tension between two European powers and the yellow fever rampaging through the French army, our young country benefited beyond all imagining. This well-organized, readable text traces the story of Jefferson and Madison's concept of a small amount of land for a small price to Livingston's purchase of 900,000 square miles for 15 million dollars. Author Peter Kastor describes the changes that occurred for American, French, Spanish, and Native American residents after the Purchase was official.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781883844059
Publisher: Graphic Arts Ctr Pub Co
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Kastor is assistant professor of History and American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

James P. Ronda is H. G. Barnard Professor in Western History at the University of Tulsa. He has written and lectured widely on the subjects of the American West and the Lewis and Clark expedition. His books include "Lewis and Clark among the Indians", "Astoria and Empire", "Revealing America: Image and Imagination in the Exploration of North America" and "Voyages of Discovery: Essays on the Lewis and Clark Expeditions".

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Letters10
Part IPurchasing Louisiana
Chapter 1"A Great Struggling Town"18
Chapter 2Revolution30
Chapter 3"The Prospect of Accommodation"42
Chapter 4Opportunity50
Chapter 5"The Credit and Character of Our Nation"58
Chapter 6"You Were Justified by the Solid Reasons"66
Part IIClaiming Louisiana
Chapter 7"The Character of the Country"73
Chapter 8"Spanish Chaos, French Acquisitiveness, and British Avarice"83
Chapter 9"The Grand Excursion"96
Chapter 10The Expanding Nation111
Chapter 11"An Apprenticeship to Liberty"126
Chapter 12Departures143
Conclusion: The Louisiana Purchase and the United States152
Color Illustrations167

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