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The Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis & Clark Expedition: A Constitutional Moment?

Peter A. Appel

in Lewis & Clark

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780520228399
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937147 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520228399.003.0005
The Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis & Clark Expedition: A Constitutional Moment?

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This chapter studies the Louisiana Purchase and its connection to the expedition of Lewis and Clark. It shows that Thomas Jefferson's assumption of broad powers to buy the million-mile landmass was a violation of explicit constitutional limits. Still, Jefferson went ahead with the purchase, and the consequences of that action are studied carefully in this chapter. The chapter also considers several important questions about the legality of territorial expansion and slavery. A discussion of the expedition's explicit objectives notes the disturbing legacies that it has left behind.

Keywords: Louisiana Purchase; Thomas Jefferson; assumption of broad powers; constitutional limits; consequences; territorial expansion; slavery

Chapter.  14721 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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