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University of Virginia Press
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Empires of the Imagination takes the Louisiana Purchase as a point of departure for a compelling new discussion of the interaction between France and the United States. In addition to offering the first substantive synthesis of this transatlantic relationship, the essays collected here offer new interpretations on themes vital to the subject, ranging from political culture to intercultural contact to ethnic identity. They capture the cultural breadth of the territories encompassed by the Louisiana Purchase, exploring not only French and Anglo-American experiences, but also those of Native Americans and African Americans.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Prologue: Jefferson, Louisiana, and American Nationhood
  2. pp. 23-33
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  1. Empire
  2. pp. 35-140
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  1. The Louisiana Purchase and the Fictions of Empire
  2. pp. 37-61
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  1. From Incorporation to Exclusion: Indians, Europeans, and Americans in the Mississippi Valley from 1699 to 1830
  2. pp. 62-92
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  1. The Haitian Revolution and the Sale of Louisiana; or, Thomas Jefferson’s (Unpaid) Debt to Jean-Jacques Dessalines
  2. pp. 93-116
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  1. A Tornado on the Horizon: The Jefferson Administration, the Retrocession Crisis, and the Louisiana Purchase
  2. pp. 117-140
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  1. Identity
  2. pp. 141-298
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  1. The Louisiana Purchase in the Demographic Perspective of its Time
  2. pp. 143-179
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  1. Refracted Reformations and the Making of Republicans
  2. pp. 180-203
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  1. Slave Migrations and Slave Control in Spanish and Early American New Orleans
  2. pp. 204-238
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  1. “They Are All Frenchmen”: Background and Nation in an Age of Transformation
  2. pp. 239-267
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  1. Edward Livingston, America, and France: Making Law
  2. pp. 268-298
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  1. Memory
  2. pp. 299-364
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  1. The Purchase and the Making of French Louisiana
  2. pp. 301-326
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  1. Celebration and History: The Case of the Louisiana Purchase
  2. pp. 327-364
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 365-366
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 367-370
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