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Romancing the Maya : Mexican antiquity in the American imagination, 1820-1915

Author: R Tripp Evans
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In this work, Tripp Evans explores why nineteenth-century Americans felt entitled to appropriate Mexico's cultural heritage as the United States' own. He focuses in particular on five well-known figures - American writer and amateur archaeologist John Lloyd Stephens, British architect Frederick Catherwood, Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and the French emigre photographers
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Genre/Form: History
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Evans, R. Tripp, 1968-
Romancing the Maya.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2004
(OCoLC)607067455
Online version:
Evans, R. Tripp, 1968-
Romancing the Maya.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2004
(OCoLC)608943718
Named Person: John L Stephens; Frederick Catherwood; Joseph Smith, Jr.; Désiré Charnay; Augustus Le Plongeon; Alice D Le Plongeon; Frederick Catherwood; Désiré Charnay; Alice D Le Plongeon; Augustus Le Plongeon; Joseph Smith, Jr.; John L Stephens
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R Tripp Evans
ISBN: 0292702477 9780292702479 9780292722217 0292722214
OCLC Number: 53901395
Description: xii, 202 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The second discovery of America --
Incidents of transcription : "American" antiquity in the work of Stephens and Catherwood --
Joseph Smith and the archaeology of revelation --
The Toltec lens of Désiré Charnay --
Bordering on the magnificent : Augustus and Alice Le Plongeon in the Kingdom of Móo.
Responsibility: R. Tripp Evans.
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"In this work, Tripp Evans explores why nineteenth-century Americans felt entitled to appropriate Mexico's cultural heritage as the United States' own. He focuses in particular on five well-known figures - American writer and amateur archaeologist John Lloyd Stephens, British architect Frederick Catherwood, Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and the French emigre photographers Desire Charnay and Augustus Le Plongeon.

Setting these figures in historical and cultural context, Evans uncovers their varying motives, including the Manifest Destiny-inspired desire to create a national museum of American antiquities in New York City, the attempt to identify the ancient Maya as part of the Lost Tribes of Israel (and so substantiate the Book of Mormon), and the hope of proving that ancient Mesoamerica was the cradle of North American and even Northern European civilization. Fascinating stories in themselves, these accounts of the first explorers also add an important new chapter to the early history of Mesoamerican archaeology."--BOOK JACKET.

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