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The Louisiana Purchase : emergence of an American nation
Kastor, Peter J.
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Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [2002]

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xvi, 299 pages : map ; 25 cm.
Building a new nation : American politics in a revolutionary age / Andrew Trees -- Children of empire or concitoyens? : Louisiana's French inhabitants / Jay Gitlin -- Public perception and public events : the Louisiana Purchase and the American partisan press / Betty Houchin Winfield -- Thomas Jefferson and the problem of world politics / James R. Sofka -- The Burr conspiracy and the problem of western loyalty / James E. Lewis, Jr. -- Dehahuit and the question of change in North America / Peter J. Kastor -- Edward Livingston and the problem of law / Mark Fernandez -- The Louisiana Purchase as seminal constitutional event / Sanford Levinson -- The Louisiana Purchase and American federalism / Peter S. Onuf -- Empire of liberty, empire of slavery : the Louisiana territories and the fate of American bondage / Robert E. Bonner.
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The new reference series, Landmark Events in U.S. History, uses both contributed essays from eminent scholars and excerpts of primary source documents with explanatory headnotes to focus on critical events in American political history and explain how it came about and why it continues to play such a vital role in the history and political evolution of the United States. The first three books in the series are Marbury versus Madison, The Louisiana Purchase, and The Declaration of Independence. The Louisiana Purchase combines documents and analytical essays timed for the bicentennial year in 2003. This timely collection will explain: how and why the United States acquired the massive territory that more than doubled the size of the country the profound social and political changes that came in the wake of the Purchase its impact on such far reaching topics like the Constitution, slavery, federalism, political behavior, nation building, transportation, the media, and global affairs how major historical figures like Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, and James Madison, were influenced by the Purchase.

Author Notes

Peter J. Kastor is assistant professor of history and American culture studies at Washington University in St. Louis
Robert E. Bonner is assistant professor of history at Michigan State University
Mark Fernandez is associate professor of history at Loyola University of New Orleans
Jay Gitlin is a lecturer in history and associate coordinator of the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale University
Sanford Levinson is professor of government and holds the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood Jr. Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas Law School
James E. Lewis Jr. has taught at Hollins College, Louisiana State University, Widener University, and the University of Pennsylvania
Peter S. Onuf is Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia
James R. Sofka is assistant dean and assistant professor in the college of arts and sciences at the University of Virginia
Andrew Trees recently completed a Ph.D. at the University of Virginia and has published numerous articles on the political culture of Revolutionary America
Betty Houchin Winfield, professor of journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia

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Choice Review

The Louisiana Purchase is one of the pivotal events in US history, for it not only doubled the nation's land size but also provided the impetus for the reshaping of national identity and the rapid decline of centuries-old Native cultures. Kastor (Washington Univ. in St. Louis) has produced a lucid volume that is both well written and highly structured. Part of the publisher's "Landmark Events in U.S. History" series, this book is similar in format to the "Bedford Series on History and Culture." However, compared with the Bedford volume on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Kastor's book is more comprehensive and insightful. Though meant for use in high schools and colleges, this book is engrossing from cover to cover--for instructors, students, and casual readers. It is rare when analytical history is coupled with an appealing narrative approach, especially in a compilation. To Kastor's credit, this book has brought together the finest scholarship on the subject, producing a work that simultaneously challenges and fascinates the reader. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels and collections. M. J. C. Taylor Dickinson State University

Table of Contents

Andrew TreesJay GitlinBetty Houchin WinfieldJames R. SofkaJames E. Lewis Jr.Peter J. KastorMark FernandezSanford LevinsonPeter S. OnufRobert E. Bonner
List of Documentsp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Contributorsp. xv
Louisiana Purchase--Mapp. xviii
Introduction: Framing an Endless Purchasep. 1
1 Building a New Nation: American Politics in a Revolutionary Agep. 11
2 Children of Empire or Concitoyens? Louisiana's French Inhabitantsp. 23
3 Public Perception and Public Events: The Louisiana Purchase and the American Partisan Pressp. 38
4 Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of World Politicsp. 51
5 The Burr Conspiracy and the Problem of Western Loyaltyp. 64
6 Dehahuit and the Question of Change in North Americap. 74
7 Edward Livingston and the Problem of Lawp. 90
8 The Louisiana Purchase as Seminal Constitutional Eventp. 105
9 The Louisiana Purchase and American Federalismp. 117
10 Empire of Liberty, Empire of Slavery: The Louisiana Territories and the Fate of American Bondagep. 129
Documentsp. 139
Indexp. 295