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The Resource Frontiers of science : imperialism and natural knowledge in the Gulf South borderlands, 1500-1850, Cameron B. Strang

Frontiers of science : imperialism and natural knowledge in the Gulf South borderlands, 1500-1850, Cameron B. Strang

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Frontiers of science : imperialism and natural knowledge in the Gulf South borderlands, 1500-1850
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Frontiers of science
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imperialism and natural knowledge in the Gulf South borderlands, 1500-1850
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Cameron B. Strang
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eng
Summary
Cameron Strang takes American scientific thought and discoveries away from the learned societies, museums, and teaching halls of the Northeast and puts the production of knowledge about the natural world in the context of competing empires and an expanding republic in the Gulf South. People often dismissed by starched northeasterners as nonintellectuals--Indian sages, African slaves, Spanish officials, Irishmen on the make, clearers of land and drivers of men--were also scientific observers, gatherers, organizers, and reporters. Skulls and stems, birds and bugs, rocks and maps, tall tales and fertile hypotheses came from them. They collected, described, and sent the objects that scientists gazed on and interpreted in polite Philadelphia. They made knowledge. Frontiers of Science offers a new framework for approaching American intellectual history, one that transcends political and cultural boundaries and reveals persistence across the colonial and national eras. The pursuit of knowledge in the United States did not cohere around democratic politics or the influence of liberty. It was, as in other empires, divided by multiple loyalties and identities, organized through contested hierarchies of ethnicity and place, and reliant on violence. By discovering the lost intellectual history of one region, Strang shows us how to recover a continent for science.--
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Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture
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Frontiers of science : imperialism and natural knowledge in the Gulf South borderlands, 1500-1850, Cameron B. Strang
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Introduction : the significance of the frontier in American knowledge -- Violence, competition, and exchange in the early colonial era -- Knowledge, weakness, and narrative in the late eighteenth century -- Astronomy and U.S. expansion in the Lower Mississippi valley -- Allegiance, identities, and national scientific communities -- Ethnography and intelligence in the time of conquest -- Deep history, deep South : slavery and geology in the antebellum era -- Skulls, scalps, and Seminoles -- Epilogue : how the west was known
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on1022987364
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25 cm
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xiv, 357 pages
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9781469640471
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illustrations, maps
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(OCoLC)1022987364
Label
Frontiers of science : imperialism and natural knowledge in the Gulf South borderlands, 1500-1850, Cameron B. Strang
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
Contents
Introduction : the significance of the frontier in American knowledge -- Violence, competition, and exchange in the early colonial era -- Knowledge, weakness, and narrative in the late eighteenth century -- Astronomy and U.S. expansion in the Lower Mississippi valley -- Allegiance, identities, and national scientific communities -- Ethnography and intelligence in the time of conquest -- Deep history, deep South : slavery and geology in the antebellum era -- Skulls, scalps, and Seminoles -- Epilogue : how the west was known
Control code
on1022987364
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 357 pages
Isbn
9781469640471
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1022987364

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