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The passage to Cosmos : Alexander von Humboldt and the shaping of America

Author: Laura Dassow Walls
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explorer, scientist, writer, and humanist, Alexander von Humboldt was the most famous intellectual of the age that began with Napoleon and ended with Darwin. This title traces Humboldt's ideas for  Read more...

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Named Person: Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Dassow Walls
ISBN: 9780226871820 0226871827
OCLC Number: 502307725
Description: xv, 404 p. : ill.
Contents: Prologue: Humboldt's bridge --
Confluences --
Humboldt's America --
Humboldt's Europe --
A new earth and a new heaven --
Passage to America, 1799-1804 --
Portals and passages --
The Casiquiare crossing --
High peaks and hanging valleys --
Manifest destinies --
Humboldt's visit to the United States, 1804 --
The Humboldt network --
The many faces of Humboldtian science --
By land and by sea --
Interchapter: finally shall come the poet --
"All are alike designed for freedom": Humboldt on race and slavery --
(De)constructing race --
(Re)constructing race --
Humboldt and American slavery --
The community of cosmos --
Franz Boas, cosmographer --
Introducing Humboldt's cosmos --
Behold the earth --
The face of planet America --
The apocalypse of mind: Emerson and Poe --
The face of nature: Thoreau, Church, and Whitman --
Dwelling: Susan Cooper, Muir, Marsh --
Epilogue: recalling cosmos.
Responsibility: Laura Dassow Walls.
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