Sight Unseen: How Fremont's First Expedition Changed the American Landscape (Paperback)Andrew Menard (author)
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The first in-depth study of this remarkable report, Sight Unseen argues that Fremont used both a radical form of art and an imaginary map to create an aesthetic desire for expansion. He not only redefined the Great Desert as a novel and complex environment, but on a summit of the Wind River Range, he envisioned the Continental Divide as a feature that would unify rather than impede a larger nation.
In addition to provoking the great migration to Oregon and providing an aesthetic justification for the National Park system, Fremont's report profoundly altered American views of geography, progress, and the need for a transcontinental railroad. By helping to shape the very notion of Manifest Destiny, the report became one of the most important documents in the history of American landscape.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"[A] sharp and canny synthesis. . . . Most impressive in Sight Unseen is the meticulous way Menard makes his case that his imaginative transformation was a textual one."-Robert Thacker, Western American Literature
-- Robert Thacker * Western American Literature *
"[Sight Unseen is] a well-written work revealing an essential part of the history of the North American continent."-G.J. Martin, Choice -- G.J. Martin * Choice *
"Sight Unseen is a rigorously researched, exceptionally astute, and well-reasoned interdisciplinary study of a report that defined America's emerging ideology of progress. It is a splendid contribution to the historiography of both Fremont and nineteenth-Century America."Fred MacVaugh, Nebraska History * Nebraska History *
"Crisply written, deliciously illustrated."-Ryan Boyd, Great Plains Quarterly -- Ryan Boyd * Great Plains Quarterly *
"Through the imaginative eyes of Fremont, Menard makes significant strides in linking the words of the explorer and naturalist to the cultural concept that would shape the future land use and settlement of the American West."-Camden Burd, Historical Geography -- Camden Burd * Historical Geography *
"Anyone interested in how Americans transformed western lands from obstacles into symbols of national achievement will find much of value in Menard's work."-Jared Orsi, Kansas History -- Jared Orsi * Kansas History *
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