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Public Response to the Louisiana Purchase: A Survey of American Press and Pamphlets 1801-1804

Deen, Isabelle
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Deen, Isabelle
Advisor
Ellis, Richard E
Abstract
It is the contention of this essay that an incident of such significance should provide a key to an understanding of the period, and that this key can be defined in terms of the public response. This assumption in itself is a topic for a doctoral dissertation. Newspapers, pamphlets, congressional debates, the discussions in state legislatures, the letters and writings of private citizens as well as public administrators all should be considered to provide a complete picture of public reaction. This paper attempts to review only two of these sources: newspapers and pamphlets. Information provided in papers and pamphlets will be used to define contemporary concepts of slavery and the position of the Indian in American society, of the United States• economic identity, ideals of nationalism and the role of the United States in world politics, and of the current popular impressions of the West. The first section of this paper contains a review of the circumstances leading up to the Purchase and a discussion of the initial public response, The second section of the essay is devoted to a discussion of each of the themes mentioned above.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of History, MA (Master of Arts), 1972
Published Date
1972-06
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Rights
All rights reserved (no additional license for public reuse)
Notes
Abstract from the Introduction
Collection
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