9781422390986

Humboldt Current : Nineteenth-Century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism

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    9781422390986

  • ISBN10:

    1422390985

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-08-03
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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The naturalist & explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) achieved unparalleled fame in his own time, particularly in the U.S. Here, Sachs traces Humboldt┐s influence on Amer. history, specifically looking at the lives & careers of several 19th-cent. explorers who used Humboldt┐s notion of ┐unity in diversity┐ & his spirit of exploration to develop a critique of their increasingly industrialized society. Includes: J. N. Reynolds, who explored the South Seas from 1829 to 1831; Clarence King, first dir. of the U.S. Geol. Survey; George Melville, Arctic explorer & chief engineer of the U.S. Navy; & John Muir, explorer of Alaska & Siberia. Discusses the Amer. writers & artists indebted to Humboldt, incl. Emerson, Whitman, Thoreau, Melville, Poe, & Frederic Church.

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