The Resource Acts of discovery : visions of America in the Lewis and Clark journals, Albert Furtwangler

Acts of discovery : visions of America in the Lewis and Clark journals, Albert Furtwangler

Label
Acts of discovery : visions of America in the Lewis and Clark journals
Title
Acts of discovery
Title remainder
visions of America in the Lewis and Clark journals
Statement of responsibility
Albert Furtwangler
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark wove science and raw adventure together in their journals as they blazed a trail from St. Louis to the Pacific. Now, with fresh information drawn from many fields, Albert Furtwangler mines those journals for valuable insights into western American history as well as the process of discovery. Acts of Discovery argues that Lewis and Clark surpassed the enlightened instructions given to them by President Thomas Jefferson. They made a literal, large-scale experiment, probing the interior of a continent and weighing information that eventually would supersede the science, the politics, and even the artistic ideals of Jefferson and his age. Drawing on a background of interdisciplinary learning, Furtwangler illuminates the achievements of Lewis and Clark as naturalists, navigators, and diplomats who faced ever-new surprises as they worked their way west. He shows that their journals trace two very different patterns at the same time - as records of modern scientific reasoning and as a narrative of epic deeds in an American epic setting. Furtwangler also attempts to define Lewis and Clark's place in American history. He examines some ironic outcomes of westward expansion and conquest and brings out the peculiar courage of explorers who were the first (and almost the last) to cross the continent by pulling their way up the Missouri. He also compares Lewis and Clark's discoveries to those of other generations (from George Washington's early years as a surveyor of the new American interior, to the Apollo moon landings), discussing them in light of questions about progress posed by Francis Bacon, Henry Adams, and modern experimental scientists
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Furtwangler, Albert
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F592.7
LC item number
.F86 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lewis, Meriwether
  • Clark, William
  • Clark, William
  • Lewis, Meriwether
  • Lewis, Meriwether
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • West (U.S.)
  • United States, West
  • USA
  • Travel
  • Lewis-and-Clark-Expedition
  • Amerikabild
  • Expedition
  • Geschichte (1804-1806)
Label
Acts of discovery : visions of America in the Lewis and Clark journals, Albert Furtwangler
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-267) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 276 pages
Isbn
9780252020025
Lccn
92029916
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26541952
  • (OCoLC)ocm26541952
Label
Acts of discovery : visions of America in the Lewis and Clark journals, Albert Furtwangler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-267) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 276 pages
Isbn
9780252020025
Lccn
92029916
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26541952
  • (OCoLC)ocm26541952

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