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Let’s Play Lewis & Clark!: Strange Visions of Nature and History at the Bicentennial

Mark Spence

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/9780520228399.003.0011
Let’s Play Lewis & Clark!: Strange Visions of Nature and History at the Bicentennial

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This chapter uses a combination of the present understandings of Lewis and Clark and the original purposes of the expedition to demonstrate that the bicentennial was celebrated as a chance for national redemption. It shows that the fans of Lewis and Clark viewed the bicentennial as a chance to re-enact the virtues of the past and even to bury two centuries' worth of mistakes. It also allowed them to move forward with a newly restored cultural and environmental sensitivity. The discussion shows that plans for the bicentennial put great emphasis on outdoor recreation, which lead to the disappearance of the historical roots of social and ecological problems.

Keywords: bicentennial; national redemption; cultural sensitivity; environmental sensitivity; outdoor recreation; historical roots; social problems; ecological problems

Chapter.  9402 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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