Across the Continent: Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and the Making of America

Across the Continent: Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and the Making of America

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Overview

An obscure undertaking in its own time, the Lewis and Clark expedition has grown in the American imagination, acquiring an almost mythic stature. Arriving as the country commemorates the expedition’s bicentennial, Across the
Continent is not an exercise in demythologizing; rather, it is an examination of the explorers’ world and the complicated ways in which it relates to our own. The essays collected here look at the global geopolitics that provided the context for the expedition—and at the interest in science, shared by Jefferson, that not only grew from the expedition but, to an extent, justified its undertaking. Finally, the discussion considers the various legacies of the expedition, in particular its impact on Native Americans, and the current struggle over who will control the narrative of the expansion of the American Empire.

Contents
*
Introduction: Geopolitics, Science, and Culture Conflicts, Peter S. Onuf and Jeffrey
L. Hantman, University of Virginia
* Jefferson’s Pacific: The
Science of Distant Empire, 1786-1811, Alan Taylor, University of California,
Davis
* Securing America: Jefferson’s Fluid Plans for the Western
Perimeter, Jenry Morsman, University of Virginia
* Thomas
Jefferson’s Conflicted Legacy in American Archaeology, David Hurst Thomas,
American Museum of Natural History
* A Nation Imagined, a Nation
Measured: The Jeffersonian Legacy, Kenneth Prewitt, Columbia
University
* Oñate’s Foot: Histories, Landscapes, and
Contested Memories in the Southwest, Douglas Seefeldt, University of
Virginia

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813923130
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Publication date: 04/12/2005
Series: Thomas Jefferson Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Douglas Seefeldt, Lecturer in History at the University of Virginia, is the Director of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Project. Jeffrey L. Hantman is
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Archaeology Program at the
University of Virginia. Peter S. Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation
Professor of History at the University of Virginia, is the author of
Jefferson’s Empire: The Language of American Nationhood
(Virginia).

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: Geopolitics, Science, and
Culture Conflicts, Peter S. Onuf and Jeffrey L. Hantman, University of
Virginia

Jefferson’s Pacific: The Science of Distant Empire,
1786–1811, Alan Taylor, University of California, Davis

Securing
America: Jefferson’s Fluid Plans for the Western Perimeter, Jenry Morsman,
University of Virginia

Thomas Jefferson’s Conflicted Legacy in American Archaeology, David Hurst Thomas, American Museum of Natural
History

A Nation Imagined, a Nation Measured: The Jeffersonian
Legacy, Kenneth Prewitt, Columbia University

Oñate’s
Foot: Histories, Landscapes, and Contested Memories in the Southwest, Douglas
Seefeldt, University of Virginia

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