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The nation's crucible [electronic resource] : the Louisiana Purchase and the creation of America /
Peter J. Kastor.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2004.
xiii, 311 p. : map ; 25 cm.
0300101198 (alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2004.
0300101198 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-304) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Peter J. Kastor is assistant professor of history and American culture studies and assistant director of American culture studies at Washington University, St. Louis.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2004-04-01:
Kastor, assistant director of American culture studies at Washington University, specializes in the history of Louisiana and the Louisiana Purchase. While he recently compiled work from a variety of scholars in The Louisiana Purchase: Emergence of an American Nation, here he publishes his dissertation, which examines Louisiana's incorporation into the United States after the official purchase from France. How multiethnic Louisianans came to think of themselves as Americans is examined over the course of several decades in the early 19th century, both before and after official statehood in 1812. Much attention is given to the maneuverings of New Orleans elite politicians of Spanish and French descent. The demographic expansion of what it meant to be American is seen to be as important as the geographic expansion created by the Louisiana Purchase. Other recent titles on the Louisiana Purchase have broader historical perspectives, but Kastor's work is unique in its tight focus. Academic and large public libraries will find this book interesting and useful.-Nathan E. Bender, Buffalo Bill Historical Ctr., Cody, WY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2004-11-01:
Kastor (Washington Univ. in St. Louis) examines the territorial period of Louisiana from the Purchase of 1803 to the Transcontinental Treaty in the early 1820s, with an emphasis on how the US government brought the Territory of Orleans and its francophone population into the national consensus as a functioning part of the US nation. The author contends that this process for Louisiana created a generic model of territorial assimilation that determined norms for the subsequent expansion of the nation. The integration of francophone Louisiana into the nation also defined the parameters and meaning of US citizenship, especially in the antebellum era. For example, white supremacy became an important factor in forging such definitions, while the administrative and political structures the US employed in Louisiana shaped definitions of governmental activity for the entire country. Kastor provides reasoned and well-balanced considerations of the administrative history of the territory, especially for governor W.C.C. Claiborne. This volume, solidly based on an impressive array of primary and secondary sources, should be read by all concerned with the development the 19th-century nation and the territorial expansion of the US. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels and libraries. L. T. Cummins Austin College
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Peter J. Kastor reviews the 1803 purchase by the US of the colony of Louisiana from France & follows the process of integrating this vast new territory into the nation state. Kastor argues that the purchase was one of the most important events in the forging of US identity.
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In 1803 the United States purchased Louisiana from France. This seemingly simple acquisition brought with it an enormous new territory as well as the country's first large population of nonnaturalized Americans--Native Americans, African Americans, and Francophone residents. What would become of those people dominated national affairs in the years that followed. This book chronicles that contentious period from 1803 to 1821, years during which people proposed numerous visions of the future for Louisiana and the United States. The Louisiana Purchase proved to be the crucible of American nationhood, Peter Kastor argues. The incorporation of Louisiana was among the most important tasks for a generation of federal policymakers. It also transformed the way people defined what it meant to be an American.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Empires, Republics, and Nations (1763-1804)
Americap. 19
Acquisitionp. 35
Louisiana Purchase (1803-1808)
"Numerous and Troublesome Neighbors"p. 55
Codesp. 76
Crisis (1808-1815)
Local Diplomacyp. 111
Politiesp. 135
"The Din of War"p. 153
Attachment (1815-1820)
"The State of Louisiana Now Has Her Voice"p. 183
Louisianap. 201
Conclusionp. 221
Abbreviationsp. 229
Notesp. 233
Bibliographyp. 285
Indexp. 305
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