Imperfect Union

Imperfect Union

How Jessie and John Frémont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War

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The 1831, John Fremont was born a nobody. But with help from a series of mentors he rose from obscurity and married the daughter of influential senator Thomas Hart Benton. Jessie Benton Fremont had limited options for her own career, and threw herself into the promotion of her husband as John travelled thousands of miles on horseback to map the uncharted American West. Back home, Jessie skilfully shaped the letters he sent into dramatic reports and bestselling books. She became his political adviser, helping John secure a seat in the Senate and to ultimately become the first-ever presidential nominee Republican party.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, [2020]
ISBN: 9780735224353
0735224358
Branch Call Number: B FREMONT
Characteristics: xxix, 449 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Jan 26, 2020

The Epilogue does an outstanding job of summarizing Fremont's actions and those of his associates and showing them in the context of the larger picture of nineteenth century US history.

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