Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West (review)

Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West (review) REVIEWS discouraged the disenfranchised from pursuing their temporal political rights. Cy nthi a A. Kie rner is a professor of history at George Mason University. Her most recent book is Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times (Chapel Hill, NC, 2012). Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West. Edited by Matthew L. Harris and Jay H. Buckley. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2012. Pp. 256. Cloth, $29.95.) Reviewed by Adam Jortner In 1813, when Thomas Jefferson described Meriwether Lewis as ``of courage undaunted,'' he effectively buried Zebulon Pike, who had died a few months earlier. Jefferson's canonization of Lewis and Clark stuck Pike with second fiddle (along with Thomas Freeman, William Duncan, George Hunter, and many others). A new volume, edited by Matthew L. Harris and Jay H. Buckley, offers several attempts at reassessing the historical significance of Pike's journeys. That is not easy: Pike's career took a series of missteps. In his 1806 trek across the Great Plains, Pike was arrested by Spanish forces and told his captors he was lost--not a great legacy for an explorer. Worse, when he returned to the States, he found himself pegged with treason. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West (review)

Journal of the Early Republic, Volume 33 (1) – Feb 6, 2013

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REVIEWS discouraged the disenfranchised from pursuing their temporal political rights. Cy nthi a A. Kie rner is a professor of history at George Mason University. Her most recent book is Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times (Chapel Hill, NC, 2012). Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West. Edited by Matthew L. Harris and Jay H. Buckley. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2012. Pp. 256. Cloth, $29.95.) Reviewed by Adam Jortner In 1813, when Thomas Jefferson described Meriwether Lewis as ``of courage undaunted,'' he effectively buried Zebulon Pike, who had died a few months earlier. Jefferson's canonization of Lewis and Clark stuck Pike with second fiddle (along with Thomas Freeman, William Duncan, George Hunter, and many others). A new volume, edited by Matthew L. Harris and Jay H. Buckley, offers several attempts at reassessing the historical significance of Pike's journeys. That is not easy: Pike's career took a series of missteps. In his 1806 trek across the Great Plains, Pike was arrested by Spanish forces and told his captors he was lost--not a great legacy for an explorer. Worse, when he returned to the States, he found himself pegged with treason.

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