Humboldt Current Nineteenth-Century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism
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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, 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.
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Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/31/2007
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Aaron Sachsis a professor of history and American studies at Cornell University and an award-winning environmental journalist. The Humboldt Currentis his first book.
|List of Images|
|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|
|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|