The Humboldt Current

The Humboldt Current

Nineteenth-century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism

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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 Currentoffers a colorful, passionate, and superbly written reinterpretation of nineteenth-century American history.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2007
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780143111924
Branch Call Number: 508.092 HUMBO SACHS
Characteristics: xiv, 496 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm


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