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

Author: Laura Dassow Walls
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press, 2009
Edition/Format:   Print 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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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Dassow Walls
ISBN: 9780226871820 0226871827
OCLC Number: 759704566
Notes: 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
Description: xv, 404 s. : 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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