The Humboldt Current
Nineteenth-Century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism
By (author) Aaron Sachs
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Humboldt Current by Aaron Sachs
Book DescriptionA masterly and beautifully written account of the impact of Alexander von Humboldt on nineteenth-century American history and culture The naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769?1859) achieved unparalleled fame in his own time. Today, however, he and his enormous legacy to American thought are virtually unknown. In The Humboldt Current , Aaron Sachs traces Humboldt's pervasive influence on American history through examining the work of four explorers?J. N. Reynolds, Clarence King, George Wallace, and John Muir?who embraced Humboldt's idea of a ?chain of connection? uniting all peoples and all environments. A skillful blend of narrative and interpretation that also discusses Humboldt's influence on Emerson, Whitman, Thoreau, Melville, and Poe, The Humboldt Current offers a colorful, passionate, and superbly written reinterpretation of nineteenth-century American history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780143111924
(212mm x 141mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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Alexander von Humboldt was a towering figure of his time - scientist, explorer, and polymath, imbued with Enlightenment ideas - and he left an impact on the intellectual life of 19th century America. This work traces Humboldt's legacy by focusing not only on the man himself but on the lives of other individuals who took their lead from him.
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Author Biography - Aaron Sachs
Aaron Sachs is a professor of history and American studies at Cornell University and an award-winning environmental journalist. This is his first book.
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