William Bartram and the American Revolution on the Southern Frontier

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Univ of South Carolina Press, 2006 - History - 336 pages
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In Travels, the celebrated 1791 account of the "Old Southwest," William Bartram recorded the natural world he saw around him but, rather incredibly, omitted any reference to the epochal events of the American Revolution. Edward J. Cashin places Bartram in the context of his times and explains his conspicuous avoidance of people, places, and events embroiled in revolutionary fervor. Cashin suggests that while Bartram documented the natural world for plant collector John Fothergill, he wrote Travels for an entirely different audience. Convinced that Providence directed events for the betterment of mankind and that the Constitutional Convention would produce a political model for the rest of the world, Bartram offered Travels as a means of shaping the new country. Cashin illuminates the convictions that motivated Bartram-that if Americans lived in communion with nature, heeded the moral law, and treated the people of the interior with respect, then America would be blessed with greatness.

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Edward J. Cashin earned his Ph.D. in History at Fordham University. He has lived in Georgia for more than thirty years, & has served as chairman of the History Department at Augusta State University. He currently serves as director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History at Augusta State. His many publications include "Setting Out to Begin a New World: Colonial Georgia, a Documentary History", "Old Springfield: Race & Religion in Augusta, Georgia", & "William Bartram & the American Revolution on the Southern Frontier". His books have received numerous honors, including the E. Merton Coulter Award for excellence in writing Georgia history from the Georgia Historical Society, the Governor's Award in the Humanities, & the Hugh McCall Award for excellence in writing Georgia history, presented by the Georgia Association of Historians.

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