Jefferson s America The President the Purchase and the Explorers Who Transformed a Nation The surprising story of how Thomas Jefferson commanded an unrivaled age of American exploration and in presiding over that era of discovery forged a great nation At the dawn of the nineteenth century

  • Title: Jefferson's America: The President, the Purchase, and the Explorers Who Transformed a Nation
  • Author: Julie M. Fenster
  • ISBN: 9780307956484
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The surprising story of how Thomas Jefferson commanded an unrivaled age of American exploration and in presiding over that era of discovery, forged a great nation.At the dawn of the nineteenth century, as Britain, France, Spain, and the United States all jockeyed for control of the vast expanses west of the Mississippi River, the stakes for American expansion were incalculThe surprising story of how Thomas Jefferson commanded an unrivaled age of American exploration and in presiding over that era of discovery, forged a great nation.At the dawn of the nineteenth century, as Britain, France, Spain, and the United States all jockeyed for control of the vast expanses west of the Mississippi River, the stakes for American expansion were incalculably high Even after the American purchase of the Louisiana Territory, Spain still coveted that land and was prepared to employ any means to retain it With war expected at any moment, Jefferson played a game of strategy, putting on the ground the only Americans he could a cadre of explorers who finally annexed it through courageous investigation Responsible for orchestrating the American push into the continent was President Thomas Jefferson He most famously recruited Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who led the Corps of Discovery to the Pacific, but at the same time there were other teams who did the same work, in places where it was even crucial William Dunbar, George Hunter, Thomas Freeman, Peter Custis, and the dauntless Zebulon Pike all were dispatched on urgent missions to map the frontier and keep up a steady correspondence with Washington about their findings.But they weren t always well matched with each other and certainly not with a Spanish army of a thousand soldiers or These tensions threatened to undermine Jefferson s goals for the nascent country, leaving the United States in danger of losing its foothold in the West Deeply researched and inspiringly told, Jefferson s America rediscovers the robust and often harrowing action from these seminal expeditions and illuminates the president s vision for a continental America.

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    1. The book is packed with stories and recounting of the travels of Meriwether Lewis and George Rogers Clark. These were known as some of Jefferson’s men and they were actively engaged in discovering cities and towns all across the country. There are snippets of letters included in the book. So fascinating to see that President Jefferson spelled knowledge as “knoledge”. There are stories of women and children that lived harsh lives because of these early explorers and tradesmen. There is so m [...]

    2. I won this Free Book through First-Reads. Thank you for choosing me to win this book.I loved this book. When we think about Thomas Jefferson, sending Lewis and Clark out to explore the West, we never hear about the other men that went out too. This book tells about Lewis and Clark, plus men as Wilkenson and Pike, Freeman and Curtis, Dunbar and Hunter.Jefferson wanted the rivers explored to their source, he didn't know they were not like the Hudson and Potomac rivers. I really shouldn't tell mor [...]

    3. I love history so I was looking forward to reading this book. Jefferson's America give a unique behind the scenes what politics was like in the county's early days. It's main concentration is how Jefferson massively expanded the United States from sea to shining sea and then some.We get an intimate often too detailed account of the early expeditions to see what we actually had and to establish America's presence in these wilderness areas. I found it to detailed as far as listing every item they [...]

    4. This was a truly interesting read. I really enjoyed learning about the Louisiana Purchase and the explorers whose job it was to map the new territory and find out as much they could about it. The Louisiana Purchase was very unpopular in the 1800s. They could not believe the president bought a chunk of useless land that was not even defined with borders. In order to save face, Jefferson sent out explorers throughout the nation to remind everyone (Spain included) that the newly acquired land would [...]

    5. Non-Lewis and Clark exploration gets short shrift from popular historians, and it's nice to see the explorations of the Red, Arkansas, Ouachita and upper Mississippi rivers get their due. Fenster weaves the stories together well, with Jefferson's passion for exploration and expansion -- and desire to confront and counter the Spanish - as the unifying theme. Lewis and Clark are not neglected here, but they serve as backdrop to the lesser known adventures of Pike, Hunter, Dunbar, Freeman and other [...]

    6. The Louisiana Purchase was a major land acquisition for the fledgling United States of America. Thomas Jefferson sent several expeditions to explore the region and help stake American claims to the area. As well as the more commonly known expeditions of Lewis and Clark and Pike, many minor ventures are also discussed. This is a good look at these efforts. This was a free advance read copy through .

    7. Lovers of American history, particularly the wild and woolly Frontier Era, will greatly enjoy "Jefferson's America". Author Julie M. Fenster writes with gusto and a real love of subject as she tells a true-life adventure tale that is more enthralling than fiction or film. Thomas Jefferson played a master's game of chess to block Britain, France, and Spain from gaining permanent control of the vast land to the West of the Continental States. His key chess pieces were an eclectic group of explorer [...]

    8. Jefferson's America: The President, The Purchase, and The Explorers Who Transformed a Nation is an interesting read. It tells the story about the discovery, exploration, and consequences of the Louisiana Purchase. I learned more about the Louisiana Purchase than I had known before. I had no idea that Thomas Jefferson and America were facing war with Spain because of this major purchase for our country in history. I was fascinated by the events. The information was a little overwhelming at times, [...]

    9. Shorter and less in-depth than I wanted, this was still a fascinating read on western exploration in America. Sometimes switching between the expidition's and what was going on politically was hard to follow, for an attempt at being linear without giving a full understanding of the figures.Still, I'm glad I read this book, for it gave me a deeper understanding of the laborious hours the explorers went through, the pressures of their time, and how far we have both come and strayed since.

    10. JEFFERSON'S AMERICA - THE PRESIDENT, THE PURCHASE, AND THE EXPLORERS WHO TRANSFORMED A NATIONby Julie M. Fenster, 2016 [five stars out of five] Currently Thomas Jefferson is experiencing a historical free fall. As an icon of the early republic, he has been replaced by Alexander Hamilton. The Broadway smash hit bearing his last name plus a best selling biography has established Hamilton's present fame. On the other hand, Jefferson is enduring a savaging by conservative historians, The author of t [...]

    11. An interesting history of the exploration of the Louisiana purchase during Jefferson’s administration. Fenster describes the goals of the various expeditions: map the area, make peace with the natives, survey sites for forts and settlements, make latitude/longitude measurements, and collect specimens of the land.Although Lewis and Clark are the most famous explorers of Jeffersonian America, Fenster describes all of the other explorers and nations who had designs on the territory. And while Fra [...]

    12. This account of Jeffersonian exploration in the very beginning of the 19th century draws on several narratives already produced by historians, so the research isn't necessarily novel. Fenster's main accomplishment, however, is her ability to create an incredibly balanced and nuanced story of the ambiguity and tenuousness of the Louisiana Territory when Jefferson actually made the purchase (blindly it turns out). I was incredibly impressed to see how well she used dry wit and humor to augment the [...]

    13. In 1803, many people in the fledgling United States expected a Louisiana War, as the Spanish had forbidden American shipping from passing down the Mississippi and through the port of New Orleans. That didn’t happen, as the Spanish were induced to yield the Louisiana Territory to their allies the French. France’s then-leader, Emperor Napoleon, said he would “never relinquish” the territory. But when European troubles drew his attention, the French offered to sell Louisiana to the American [...]

    14. One of the best history books I've ever read; it almost reads like a novel, or maybe I was just that fascinated to be pulled into this book so hard. It was really interesting to learn about all the politics and intrigue surrounding the Louisiana Purchase, historical texture completely missing from our school books where it glosses it over by saying, basically, "The US bought the Louisiana territory from France and then sent Lewis and Clark to explore it."In actuality, France had a pretty small r [...]

    15. Honestly, my feelings towards this book are rather neutral. Essentially, it recounts the stories of several expeditions during Thomas Jefferson's presidency in what would become the American West, including that of Lewis and Clark. Jefferson organized these expeditions largely as a way to stake a claim to the land.In the book, you get some politics, which I admit to not being that informed about before reading the book. I'd known that both Spain and France had claimed New Orleans at various poin [...]

    16. 3.5 of 5 stars – Informative Story of Birth of "America's" "West."I love histories about early "America" (or more specifically, the U.S.), and found this to be an interesting account of a part of post-revolutionary period that I had not read much about, our early western expansion. While the details bogged it down at times, it made me feel like I traveled back in time and I learned a lot in the process.I like how Julie Fenster filled this with how simple moments and bold, courageous acts could [...]

    17. This book deals with the exploration of the Louisiana Purchase. Al are familiar with Lewis&Clark whose trip is touched upon in the book, but is not the main focus. There were other people commissioned by Jefferson to explore and document the new addition to the United States. The Hunter-Dunbar expedition that originally was supposed to find the source of the Red River, but due to conflict with Spain, ended up following the Ouachita River as far as the Hot Springs in present day Arkansas. The [...]

    18. When I first started the blog, a blog that I've allowed to languish for far too long, I wasn't reading that much nonfiction. I would pick up the occasional political or history book, but it was only one or two a year, and that may be stretching it a bit. If blogging has made a lasting positive change in my reading life, it's in an ever expanding appreciation for nonfiction. The types of books I'm now reading covers a vaster expanse of interests, and I now have a greater appreciation for American [...]

    19. Jefferson's America, follows the path of expansion into the American west. Its full of tales and adventures undertaken by well know explorers, such as Lewis and Clark as well as others that were unfamiliar to me. It also covers Jefferson's desire to stake a claim to territory west of the Mississippi river and his need to gain control over New Orleans, as a gateway to trade. While this is a well written book, that goes into a lot of detail, it did at times seem a bit dry. I would have appreciated [...]

    20. History was 1 of my many undergrad degrees.In PS; another undergrad degree we did not learn a whole lot what this era of President went through in the infrastructure. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written true historical book. It was very easy fo [...]

    21. Summary: An account of how Jefferson used the efforts of four teams of men comprising less than a hundred total to establish America's hold on the lands west of the Mississippi River.Most of us, if we remember anything of early U. S. History remember the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and the explorations, up the Missouri and to the Pacific coast, of Lewis and Clark. What I didn't realize was that while we had purchased these lands from France for $15 million, our grasp of these was tenuous, especia [...]

    22. I won this book thru and I am proud to have read it. I am a huge fan of our history and a bigger fan of the framers, Jefferson being one of the best. When America was born after the revolution, people had a sense of exploring of wanting to make America GREAT, the first time. Jefferson set out to find what is out there, he did with help from such men as Dunbar and Hunter. They forged the nation. This is a good read and I highly recommend it for the history, good rear

    23. I won Jefferson's America as a giveaway and finally got to it. The book chronicles the exploration of more than Lewis and Clark. Fenster also details the missions of William Dunbar, George Hunter, Thomas Freeman, Peter Custis and Zebulon Pike and their parts in the opening up America's frontier. If you didn't know your early American history then this book is a good one.

    24. Lots of great explorer stories in this volume. I especially enjoyed hearing (audiobook) about the wildlife, the Native Americans, and the story of how Lewis got shot in the backside but nobody wanted to own up about it. It's still strange to think of the midwest as the true west, but it was great to learn more detail of the famous and not-so-famous trips west to explore the Louisiana Purchase.

    25. Did you ever have to write a report on a president when you were in school? I remember writing about Thomas Jefferson when I was in third grade. I was impressed with all his accomplishments, and had a hard time figuring out the pronunciation of Monticello. But the only sources back then were the biographies in the school library, or the family edition of World Book Encyclopedia. Those books barely mentioned the explorers he sent out to map the Louisiana Territory, mostly just their names and the [...]

    26. I was sent an uncorrected proof copy of JEFFERSON’S AMERICA: THE PRESIDENT, THE PURCHASE AND THE EXPLORERS WHO TRANSFORMED A NATION by Julie M. Fenster, in exchange for an unbiased review. Ms. Fenster has written several works of American history and her attention to detail and exhaustive research is impressive.The book is fascinating - a living history experience. It is a very readable narrative and is enhanced by its access points: a map (Jefferson’s America, 1803-1804); introduction; tabl [...]

    27. Jefferson's America: The President, The Purchase and the Explorers Who Transformed A Nation by Julie M. Fenster is well written and very interesting. I have heard of Lewis and Clark and knew a tiny bit about their exploration but I have never heard of others who were equally important at the time such as: Dunbar, Hunter, Forest or Pike. And yet perhaps I had heard of them in school but I didn't keep any memory of them or their expeditions in my head. This book is a very intriguing account of how [...]

    28. Jefferson’s America is the story of the Louisiana Purchase and its earliest exploration. While history textbooks lead one to believe that acquisition went off without a hitch and that Lewis and Clark were the only to explore it, those textbooks are wrong. The Louisiana Territory changed hands multiple times in just a few short years. Spain was not happy when they returned the land to France and France promised Spain to never let it go. However, negotiations were underway to sell the reclaimed [...]

    29. by Julie M. FensterThe surprising story of how Thomas Jefferson commanded an unrivaled age of American exploration—and in presiding over that era of discovery, forged a great nation. At the dawn of the nineteenth century, as Britain, France, Spain, and the United States all jockeyed for control of the vast expanses west of the Mississippi River, the stakes for American expansion were incalculably high. Even after the American purchase of the Louisiana Territory, Spain still coveted that land a [...]

    30. Early in history of the United States, the new nation found itself in a cold war not against a nation across the ocean but across the Mississippi river and the Floridian border. In Jefferson’s America, Julie M. Fenster relates how Thomas Jefferson first as Secretary of State and later as President battled with Spain to define the borders of the United States before establishing a claim on the West which would define the future of the country.Almost a century before the United States and Spain [...]

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