Humboldt Current Nineteenth-Century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism

ISBN-10: 0143111922
ISBN-13: 9780143111924
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Authors: Aaron Sachs
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Description: 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 (17691859) achieved unparalleled fame in his own time. Today,  More...

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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/31/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

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 (17691859) 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 Humboldts pervasive influence on American history through examining the work of four explorersJ. N. Reynolds, Clarence King, George Wallace, and John Muirwho embraced Humboldts idea of a chain of connection uniting all peoples and all environments. A skillful blend of narrative and interpretation that also discusses Humboldts influence on Emerson, Whitman, Thoreau, Melville, and Poe, "The Humboldt Current" offers a colorful, passionate, and superbly written reinterpretation of nineteenth-century American history.

Aaron Sachsis a professor of history and American studies at Cornell University and an award-winning environmental journalist. The Humboldt Currentis his first book.

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Prologue: Humboldt in America: 1804-2004
"The Chain of Connection"
Excursion-Exile: Napoleon's France
East: Humboldt and the Influence of Europe
Personal Narrative of a Journey: Radical Romanticism
Cosmos: Unification Ecology
Excursion-Eureka: The Death of Edgar Allan Poe
South: J. N. Reynolds and the "More Comprehensive Promise" of the Antarctic
"Rough Notes of Rough Adventures": Exploration for Exploration's Sake
"Mocha-Dick": The Value of Mental Expansion
Excursion-Watersheds: 1859-1862
West: Clarence King's Experience of the Frontier
Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada: The Art of Self-Exposure
"Catastrophism and the Evolution of Environment": A Science of Humility
Excursion-Yreka: Just North of Mount Shasta
North: George Wallace Melville and John Muir in Extremis
In the Lena Delta: Arctic Tragedy and American Imperialism
The Cruise of the Corwin: Nature, Natives, Nation
Excursion-Home: The Harriman Expedition
The Grounding of American Environmentalism
Epilogue: Humboldt on Chimborazo
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Notes
Bibliography
Image Credits
Index

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