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“We are not dealing entirely with the past”: Americans Remember Lewis & Clark

John Spencer

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/9780520228399.003.0008
“We are not dealing entirely with the past”: Americans Remember Lewis & Clark

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This chapter studies the Lewis and Clark centennial. It demonstrates that the anniversary hype of 1904 came from railroad pamphlets, the expansionist wars of Theodore Roosevelt, and boosterism. It describes the later hype of the centennial, which came from the lessons of the Vietnam War on racial conquest and ecological consciousness. The chapter examines the revisionism of modern times and reviews the current divide between the perspectives of scholars and buffs.

Keywords: centennial; anniversary hype; expansionist wars; boosterism; railroad pamphlets; revisionism; Vietnam War; racial conquest

Chapter.  11002 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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