Lewis & Clark: Legacies, Memories, and New Perspectives

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Kris Fresonke, Mark David Spence
University of California Press, 2004 - History - 290 pages
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00 Two centuries after their expedition awoke the nation both to the promise and to the disquiet of the vast territory out west, Lewis and Clark still stir the imagination, and their adventure remains one of the most celebrated and studied chapters in American history. This volume explores the legacy of Lewis and Clark's momentous journey and, on the occasion of its bicentennial, considers the impact of their westward expedition on American culture. Approaching their subject from many different perspectives--literature, history, women's studies, law, medicine, and environmental history, among others--the authors chart shifting attitudes about the explorers and their journals, together creating a compelling, finely detailed picture of the "interdisciplinary intrigue" that has always surrounded Lewis and Clark's accomplishment. This collection is most remarkable for its insights into ongoing debates over the relationships between settler culture and aboriginal peoples, law and land tenure, manifest destiny and westward expansion, as well as over the character of Sacagawea, the expedition's vision of nature, and the interpretation and preservation of the Lewis and Clark Trail. Two centuries after their expedition awoke the nation both to the promise and to the disquiet of the vast territory out west, Lewis and Clark still stir the imagination, and their adventure remains one of the most celebrated and studied chapters in American history. This volume explores the legacy of Lewis and Clark's momentous journey and, on the occasion of its bicentennial, considers the impact of their westward expedition on American culture. Approaching their subject from many different perspectives--literature, history, women's studies, law, medicine, and environmental history, among others--the authors chart shifting attitudes about the explorers and their journals, together creating a compelling, finely detailed picture of the "interdisciplinary intrigue" that has always surrounded Lewis and Clark's accomplishment. This collection is most remarkable for its insights into ongoing debates over the relationships between settler culture and aboriginal peoples, law and land tenure, manifest destiny and westward expansion, as well as over the character of Sacagawea, the expedition's vision of nature, and the interpretation and preservation of the Lewis and Clark Trail.
  

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Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
1
The American Philosophical Societys
21
Wilderness Aesthetics
37
Lewis Clark as Physicians
70
The TwoHundredYear Journey
117
George Shannon and C S Rafinesque
143
Americans Remember
159
Romance
184
Twentieth Century
198
Strange Visions of Nature and History at
219
Issues of Interpretation
239
Putting Tribes Back on the
265
Epilogue We proceeded
275
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
283
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About the author (2004)

Kris Fresonke is Assistant Professor of English at Adelphi University and the author of West of Emerson: The Design of Manifest Destiny (California, 2002). Mark Spence is Associate Professor of History and Chair of American Studies at Knox College and author of Dispossessing the Wilderness: Indian Removal and the Making of the National Parks (1999).

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