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The Resource IMPERFECT UNION : HOW JESSIE AND JOHN FR℗EMONT MAPPED THE WEST, INVENTED CELEBRITY, AND HELPED CAUSE THE CIVIL WAR, Steve Inskeep

IMPERFECT UNION : HOW JESSIE AND JOHN FR℗EMONT MAPPED THE WEST, INVENTED CELEBRITY, AND HELPED CAUSE THE CIVIL WAR, Steve Inskeep

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IMPERFECT UNION : HOW JESSIE AND JOHN FR℗EMONT MAPPED THE WEST, INVENTED CELEBRITY, AND HELPED CAUSE THE CIVIL WAR
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IMPERFECT UNION
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HOW JESSIE AND JOHN FR℗EMONT MAPPED THE WEST, INVENTED CELEBRITY, AND HELPED CAUSE THE CIVIL WAR
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Steve Inskeep
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eng
Summary
"Steve Inskeep tells the riveting story of John and Jessie Fr<U+00d4>emont, the husband and wife team who in the 1800s were instrumental in the westward expansion of the United States, and thus became America's first great political couple John Fr<U+00d4>emont grew upamid family tragedy and shame. Born out of wedlock in 1813, he went to work at age thirteen to help support his family in Charleston, South Carolina. He was a nobody. Yet, by the 1840s, he rose to become one of the most acclaimed people of the age -- known as a wilderness explorer, bestselling writer, gallant army officer, and latter-day conquistador, who in 1846 began the United States' takeover of California from Mexico. He was a celebrity who personified the country's westward expansion. Mountains, towns, ships, and streets were named after him. How did he climb so far? A vital factor was his wife, Jessie Benton Fr<U+00d4>emont, the daughter of a powerful United States senator. Jessie wanted to play roles in politics and exploration, which were then reservedfor men. Frustrated, she threw her skill and passion into promoting her husband. Ordered by the US Army to map the Oregon Trail, John traveled thousands of miles on horseback, indifferent to his safety and that of the other members of his expeditions. When he returned home, Jessie helped him to shape dramatic reports of his adventures, which were reprinted in newspapers and bound as popular books. Jessie became his political adviser, and a power player in her own right. In 1856, the famous couple strategized as John became the first-ever presidential nominee of the newly established Republican Party. The party had been founded in opposition to slavery, and though both Fr<U+00d4>emonts were Southerners they became symbols of the cause. With rare detail and in consummate style, Steve Inskeep tells the story of a couple whose joint ambitions and talents intertwined with those of the nascent United States itself. Americans linked the Fr<U+00d4>emonts with not one but three great social movements of the time -- westward settlement, women's rights, and opposition to slavery. Theirs is a surprisingly modern story of ambition and fame; they lived in a time of globalization, technological disruption, and divisive politics that foreshadowed our own. The Fr<U+00d4>emonts' adventures amount to nothing less than a tour of the early American soul"--
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Inskeep, Steve
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  • 910.92/2
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
E415.9.F79
LC item number
I67 2020
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Frémont, Jessie Benton
  • Frémont, John Charles
  • Explorers
  • Women pioneers
  • Pioneers
  • Politicians
  • Politicians' spouses
  • Women's rights
  • Antislavery movements
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IMPERFECT UNION : HOW JESSIE AND JOHN FR℗EMONT MAPPED THE WEST, INVENTED CELEBRITY, AND HELPED CAUSE THE CIVIL WAR, Steve Inskeep
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Aid me with your influence -- The equal merits of differing peoples -- The current of important events -- Miseries that attend a separation -- I determined to make there a home -- The manifest purpose of providence -- A taste for danger and bold daring adventure -- The Spaniards were somewhat rude and inhospitable -- I am not going to let you write anything but your name -- Do not suppose I lightly interfere in a matter belonging to men -- We pressed onward with fatal resolution -- Jessie Benton Fr<U+00d4>emontwas the better man of the two -- We thought money might come in handy -- All the stupid laurels that ever grew -- Decidedly, this ought to be struck out -- He throws away his heart
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pages cm
Isbn
9780735224353
Lccn
2019030462
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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BK0025392715
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IMPERFECT UNION : HOW JESSIE AND JOHN FR℗EMONT MAPPED THE WEST, INVENTED CELEBRITY, AND HELPED CAUSE THE CIVIL WAR, Steve Inskeep
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Aid me with your influence -- The equal merits of differing peoples -- The current of important events -- Miseries that attend a separation -- I determined to make there a home -- The manifest purpose of providence -- A taste for danger and bold daring adventure -- The Spaniards were somewhat rude and inhospitable -- I am not going to let you write anything but your name -- Do not suppose I lightly interfere in a matter belonging to men -- We pressed onward with fatal resolution -- Jessie Benton Fr<U+00d4>emontwas the better man of the two -- We thought money might come in handy -- All the stupid laurels that ever grew -- Decidedly, this ought to be struck out -- He throws away his heart
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780735224353
Lccn
2019030462
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
BK0025392715

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