Learn more about Jefferson and his vision of the American West with these thought-provoking works.
Kastor pulls together
a myriad of threads that ultimately lead to the Louisiana Purchase.
He documents political intrigues in France, Spain, the United States
and each nation's settlements in the Mississippi River area, and how
the greatest land deal in history developed due in no small part to
a slave rebellion and yellow fever.
Mackenzie's 1793 trek
across Canada contributed to Jefferson's desire to have an American
expedtion reach the Pacific Ocean from east of the Mississippi River.
Gough's book recounts Mackenzie's hazardous travels and documents Mackenzie's
enormous ego and business acumen as well as his exploration accomplishments.
A Year at
Monticello: 1795 -
Following his resignation
as Washington's Secretary of State, Jefferson spent 1795 at home at
Monticello. He distanced himself from the world of politics and immersed
himself in the rhythms of the seasons, but still kept an eye on affairs
within the growing nation ... and within a year he would be running
A fascinating account
of the struggle for the presidential election of 1800, including the
intrigues of Aaron Burr, the internal squabbles among the Federalists,
and the constitutional crisis that was resolved when one man changed