Jefferson s America

Author: Julie M. Fenster
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 0307956547
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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.

Formed From This Soil

Author: Thomas S. Bremer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118323548
Format: PDF, ePub
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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 American Story

Author: Reader's Digest
Publisher: Readers Digest
ISBN: 9780895778918
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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.

Encyclopedia of U S Political History

Author: Andrew Robertson
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1604266473
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History explores the events, policies, activities, institutions, groups, people, and movements that have created and shaped political life in the United States. With contributions from scholars in the fields of history and political science, this seven-volume set provides students, researchers, and scholars the opportunity to examine the political evolution of the United States from the 1500s to the present day. With greater coverage than any other resource, the Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History identifies and illuminates patterns and interrelations that will expand the reader’s understanding of American political institutions, culture, behavior, and change. Focusing on both government and history, the Encyclopedia brings exceptional breadth and depth to the topic with more than 100 essays for each of the critical time periods covered.

The State and Nature

Author: Jeanne Nienaber Clarke
Publisher: Pearson College Division
ISBN: 9780130289087
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This anthology of 44 original readings--accompanied by substantial editorial commentary--traces a two-hundred year history of U.S. environmental policy, and links intellectual thought with political action. The readings--organized into seven historical eras--provide an historical dimension for understanding contemporary environmental politics and the implications for environmental policy. Beginning with such classics as James Madison's Federalist Paper #10 and Alexis deTocqueville's Democracy in America, it traces the gradual widening of this dialogue up to the present time. Readings cover a variety of topics (e.g., public lands, air and water pollution, property rights, energy, toxics, and population control) by a diverse range of voices, including elected political leaders as well as by a variety of intellectual leaders, including a number of important writers, thinkers, and political actors who are neglected in other volumes (e.g., Frederick Douglass, Margaret Sanger, and several American presidents, from Thomas Jefferson to Ronald Reagan). For those interested in Environmental Policy and American Environmental History.

American Environmental History

Author: Carolyn Merchant
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231140355
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By studying the many ways diverse peoples have changed, shaped, and conserved the natural world over time, environmental historians provide insight into humanity's unique relationship with nature and, more importantly, are better able to understand the origins of our current environmental crisis. Beginning with the precolonial land-use practice of Native Americans and concluding with our twenty-first century concerns over our global ecological crisis, American Environmental History addresses contentious issues such as the preservation of the wilderness, the expulsion of native peoples from national parks, and population growth, and considers the formative forces of gender, race, and class. Entries address a range of topics, from the impact of rice cultivation, slavery, and the growth of the automobile suburb to the effects of the Russian sea otter trade, Columbia River salmon fisheries, the environmental justice movement, and globalization. This illustrated reference is an essential companion for students interested in the ongoing transformation of the American landscape and the conflicts over its resources and conservation. It makes rich use of the tools and resources (climatic and geological data, court records, archaeological digs, and the writings of naturalists) that environmental historians rely on to conduct their research. The volume also includes a compendium of significant people, concepts, events, agencies, and legislation, and an extensive bibliography of critical films, books, and Web sites.

The Mississippi and the making of a nation

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
Publisher: Natl Geographic Society
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Explores the Mississippi River, from its source at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to its mouth at Delacroix Island, Louisiana, discussing its continuing significance in American history.


Author: Andrew Robert Lee Cayton
Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall
ISBN: 9780134323862
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