The Humboldt Current: Nineteenth-Century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jul 31, 2007 - History - 512 pages
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A masterly and beautifully written account of the impact of Alexander von Humboldt on nineteenth-century American history and culture

The naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769?1859) achieved unparalleled fame in his own time. Today, however, he and his enormous legacy to American thought are virtually unknown. In The Humboldt Current, Aaron Sachs traces Humboldt?s pervasive influence on American history through examining the work of four explorers?J. N. Reynolds, Clarence King, George Wallace, and John Muir?who embraced Humboldt?s idea of a ?chain of connection? uniting all peoples and all environments. A skillful blend of narrative and interpretation that also discusses Humboldt?s influence on Emerson, Whitman, Thoreau, Melville, and Poe, The Humboldt Current offers a colorful, passionate, and superbly written reinterpretation of nineteenth-century American history.
  

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Contents

IMAGES
THE HUMBOLDT CURRENT
PROLOGUE
CHAPTER 1
EXCURSION
PART ONE
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 7
EXCURSION
PART FOUR
CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
EXCURSION
CHAPTER 10
EPILOGUE

EXCURSION
PART TWO
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
EXCURSION
PART THREE
CHAPTER 6
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
CHRONOLOGY
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
IMAGE CREDITS
INDEX
Copyright

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