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Pathfinder : John Charles Frémont and the Course of American Empire
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Brings to life the personal and political experiences of a remarkable American "The most eloquent, understanding, and yet very candid biography of Fr mont that has appeared to date."-Howard R. Lamar, Yale University The career of John Charles Fr mont (1813-90) ties together the full breadth of American expansionism from its eighteenth-century origins through its culmination in the Gilded Age. Tom Chaffin's biography demonstrates Fr mont's vital importance to the history of American empire, and illuminates his role in shattering long-held myths about the ecology and habitability of the American West. As the most celebrated American explorer and mapper of his time, Fr mont stood at the center of the vast federal project of western exploration and conquest. His expeditions between 1838 and 1854 captured the public's imagination, inspired Americans to accept their nation's destiny as a vast continental empire, and earned him his enduring sobriquet, the Pathfinder. But Fr mont was more than an explorer. Chaffin's dramatic narrative includes Fr mont's varied experiences as an entrepreneur, abolitionist, Civil War general, husband to the remarkable Jessie Benton Fr mont, two-time Republican presidential candidate, and Gilded Age aristocrat. Tom Chaffin is Research Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he also directs and edits the series Correspondence of James K. Polk. Among his numerous publications, he has written articles for the New York Times, Harper's, and Time, and his books include Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah and Giant's Causeway: Frederick Douglass's Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780806144740
  • ISBN-10: 0806144742
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publish Date: March 2014
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Page Count: 559