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The Nation's Crucible: The Louisiana Purchase and the Creation of America

Peter Kastor


This book explores the circumstances in which the United States acquired Louisiana in 1803, and investigates the period from 1803 to 1808, when the Louisiana Purchase unleashed numerous, often conflicting, visions of incorporation. Although a series of changes to the domestic apparatus seemed to establish the federal hold and white supremacy by 1808, the book shows how a series of crises at home and abroad from 1809 to 1815 upset the institutional development that was supposed to secure incorporation. It also investigates the period from 1815 to 1820, when the Whites in Louisiana completed the ... More

Keywords: colonial governance, Louisiana Purchase, Thomas Jefferson, American security, regulations, federal administration, national security, policymakers, statehood, territorial system

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780300101195
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300101195.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Kastor, author

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Part I Empires, Republics, and Nations (1763–1804)

Part II Louisiana Purchase (1803–1808)

Part III Crisis (1808–1815)

Part IV Attachment (1812–1820)