Jefferson s America

Author: Julie M. Fenster
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 0307956547
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The surprising story of how Thomas Jefferson commanded an unrivaled age of American exploration—and in presiding over that era of discovery, forged a great nation. At the dawn of the nineteenth century, as Britain, France, Spain, and the United States all jockeyed for control of the vast expanses west of the Mississippi River, the stakes for American expansion were incalculably high. Even after the American purchase of the Louisiana Territory, Spain still coveted that land and was prepared to employ any means to retain it. With war expected at any moment, Jefferson played a game of strategy, putting on the ground the only Americans he could: a cadre of explorers who finally annexed it through courageous investigation. Responsible for orchestrating the American push into the continent was President Thomas Jefferson. He most famously recruited Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who led the Corps of Discovery to the Pacific, but at the same time there were other teams who did the same work, in places where it was even more crucial. William Dunbar, George Hunter, Thomas Freeman, Peter Custis, and the dauntless Zebulon Pike—all were dispatched on urgent missions to map the frontier and keep up a steady correspondence with Washington about their findings. But they weren’t always well-matched—with each other and certainly not with a Spanish army of a thousand soldiers or more. These tensions threatened to undermine Jefferson’s goals for the nascent country, leaving the United States in danger of losing its foothold in the West. Deeply researched and inspiringly told, Jefferson’s America rediscovers the robust and often harrowing action from these seminal expeditions and illuminates the president’s vision for a continental America.

Documents of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Author: C. Bríd Nicholson
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440854564
Format: PDF
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Through its extensive use of primary source materials and invaluable contextual notes, this book offers a documented history of one of the most famous adventures in early American history: the Lewis and Clark expedition. • Contextualizes the expedition as a part of Thomas Jefferson's vision of America • Documents all of the previous failed expeditions that Jefferson tried to organize • Explores the lives of Lewis, Clark, Sacagawea, and York, both before and after the expedition • Gives a detailed account of the preparations for the expedition • Notes the political and historical success of the expedition

American Trinity

Author: Larry Len Peterson
Publisher: Sweetgrass Books
ISBN: 1591522056
Format: PDF, Mobi
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American Trinity is for everyone who loves the American West and wants to learn more about the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is a sprawling story with a scholarly approach in method but accessible in manner. In this innovative examination, Dr. Larry Len Peterson explores the origins, development, and consequences of hatred and racism from the time modern humans left Africa 100,000 years ago to the forced placement of Indian children on off-reservation schools far from home in the late 1800s. Along the way, dozens of notable individuals and cultures are profiled. Many historical events turned on the lives of legendary Americans like the "Father of the West," Thomas Jefferson, and the "Son of the West," George Armstrong Custer - two strange companions who shared an unshakable sense of their own skills - as their interpretation of truths motivated them in the winning of the West. Dr. Peterson reveals how anti-Indian sentiments were always only obliquely about them. They were victims but not the cause. The Indian was a symbol, not a real person. The politics of hate and racism directed toward them was also experienced in prior centuries by Jews, enslaved Africans, and other Christians. Hatred and racism, when taken into the public domain, are singularly difficult to justify, which is why Europeans and Americans have always sought vindication from the highest sources of authority in their cultures. In the Middle Ages it was religion supplemented later by the philosophy of the Enlightenment. In nineteenth-century Europe and America, religion and philosophy were joined by science and medicine to support Manifest Destiny, scientific racism, and social Darwinism, all of which had profound consequences on Native Americans and the Spirit of the West. Presenting research in anthropology, archaeology, biology, history, law, medicine, religion, philosophy, and psychology, Dr. Peterson provides the latest observations that delineate why the Native American's life was destroyed. American Trinity is a stunning portrait, a view at once unique, panoramic, and intimate. It is a fascinating book that will make you think about the differences between belief and knowledge; about the self-skepticism of science and medicine; and about what aspects of the world we take on faith.

Formed From This Soil

Author: Thomas S. Bremer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118323548
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Formed from This Soil offers a complete history of religion in America that centers on the diversity of sacred traditions and practices that have existed in the country from its earliest days. Organized chronologically starting with the earliest Europeans searching for new routes to Asia, through to the global context of post-9/11 America of the 21st century Includes discussion of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, political affiliations, and other elements of individual and collective identity Incorporates recent scholarship for a nuanced history that goes beyond simple explanations of America as a Protestant society Discusses diverse beliefs and practices that originated in the Americas as well as those that came from Europe, Asia, and Africa Pedagogical features include numerous visual images; sidebars with specialized topics and interpretive themes; discussion questions for each chapter; a glossary of common terms; and lists of relevant resources to broaden student learning

The U S Army and the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Author: David W. Hogan
Publisher: Government Printing Office
ISBN: 9780160678813
Format: PDF, Docs
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CMH 70-75-1. Prepared by David W. Hogan, Jr. and Charles E. White. Describes the Lewis and Clark expedition, officially characterized as the "Corps of Volunteers for North Western Discovery".

Leaders Who Changed the World

Author: Gordon Kerr
Publisher: Canary Press eBooks
ISBN: 1907795308
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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It takes charisma and inspiration to lead any group of people. Leaders who Changed the World explores the lives and careers of such extraordinary individuals as Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Some have slogged and suffered in order to change the world for the better, while others, like Adolf Hitler or Osama Bin Laden have only succeeded in damaging humanity. Throughout history there have only been a handful of people capable of supreme leadership. What lessons can be learned from their triumphs and failures? Read the words and actions of some astonishing leaders and learn exactly how they changed the world. Leaders include Plato, Buddha, Alexander, Hannibal, Julius Caesar, Jesus Christ, Boudicca, Attila the Hun, Muhammad, Charlemagne, Alfred the Great, Genghis Khan, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Horatio Nelson, Napoleon Bonaparte, Duke of Wellington, Queen Victoria, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Fidel Castro, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Martin Luther King, Mao Zedong, Nelson Mandela, John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama

The American West A Very Short Introduction

Author: Stephen Aron
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199858950
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Part geographical location, part time period, and part state of mind, the American West is a concept often invoked but rarely defined. Though popular culture has carved out a short and specific time and place for the region, author and longtime Californian Stephen Aron tracks "the West" from the building of the Cahokia Mounds around 900 AD to the post-World War II migration to California. His Very Short Introduction stretches the chronology, enlarges the geography, and varies the casting, providing a history of the American West that is longer, larger, and more complicated than popular culture has previously suggested. It is a history of how portions of North America became Wests, how parts of these became American, and how ultimately American Wests became the American West. Aron begins by describing the expansion of Indian North America in the centuries before and during its early encounters with Europeans. He then explores the origins of American westward expansion from the Seven Years' War to the 1830s, focusing on the western frontier at the time: the territory between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River. He traces the narrative - temporally and geographically - through the discovery of gold in California in the mid-nineteenth century and the subsequent rush to the Pacific Slope. He shows how the passage of the Newlands Reclamation Act in 1902 brought an unprecedented level of federal control to the region, linking the West more closely to the rest of the United States, and how World War II brought a new rush of population (particularly to California), further raising the federal government's profile in the region and heightening the connections between the West and the wider world. Authoritative, lucid, and ranging widely over issues of environment, people, and identity, this is the American West stripped of its myths. The complex convergence of peoples, polities, and cultures that has decisively shaped the history of the American West serves as the key interpretive thread through this Very Short Introduction. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The American Story

Author: Reader's Digest
Publisher: Readers Digest
ISBN: 9780895778918
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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A comprehensive reference book provides an account of the most important events in United States history, from the arrival of the settlers to the present day.

The American Journey Building A Nation Student Edition

Author: McGraw-Hill
Publisher: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
ISBN: 9780028218724
Format: PDF
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The American Journey: Building a Nation is co-authored by the National Geographic Society and offers a unique blend of scholarship and compelling imagery. The hands-on learning approach used throughout the program helps students see the relevance of history as they discover the context and connections between historical events. The program offers in-depth coverage of America's past to 1914. A visual epilogue then brings students up to date.