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George Shannon and C. S. Rafinesque

Charles Boewe

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/9780520228399.003.0007
George Shannon and C. S. Rafinesque

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This chapter studies one of the less famous members of the Lewis and Clark expedition, George Shannon, and his connections to the scientist and linguist C.S. Rafinesque. Rafinesque was an avid reader of Nicholas Biddle's edition of the Lewis and Clark journals. It shows that Rafinesque used this edition to assign scientific names to five animals. Rafinesque also did relevant linguistic researches among Native Americans and published many works about the topic. The chapter ends with a discussion of two unpublished manuscripts that include Shannon's testimony.

Keywords: George Shannon; C.S. Rafinesque; Nicholas Biddle; Lewis and Clark; journals; linguistic research; unpublished manuscripts

Chapter.  5071 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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