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Humboldt Current: Nineteenth-century Exploration and Roots of American Environmentalism Aaron Sachs

Humboldt Current: Nineteenth-century Exploration and Roots of American Environmentalism

Aaron Sachs

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ISBN : 9781422390986
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496 pages
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A masterly and beautifully written account of the impact of Alexander von Humboldt on nineteenth-century American history and cultureThe naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) achieved unparalleled fame in his own time. Today,MoreA masterly and beautifully written account of the impact of Alexander von Humboldt on nineteenth-century American history and cultureThe naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) 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 explorers-J. N. Reynolds, Clarence King, George Wallace, and John Muir-who 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.