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Lewis & ClarkLegacies, Memories, and New Perspectives$
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Kris Fresonke and Irene Bloemraad

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520228399

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520228399.001.0001

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The Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis & Clark Expedition: A Constitutional Moment?

The Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis & Clark Expedition: A Constitutional Moment?

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(p.86) (p.87) Chapter 4 The Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis & Clark Expedition: A Constitutional Moment?
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Lewis & Clark
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Peter A. Appel

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520228399.003.0005

This chapter studies the Louisiana Purchase and its connection to the expedition of Lewis and Clark. It shows that Thomas Jefferson's assumption of broad powers to buy the million-mile landmass was a violation of explicit constitutional limits. Still, Jefferson went ahead with the purchase, and the consequences of that action are studied carefully in this chapter. The chapter also considers several important questions about the legality of territorial expansion and slavery. A discussion of the expedition's explicit objectives notes the disturbing legacies that it has left behind.

Keywords:   Louisiana Purchase, Thomas Jefferson, assumption of broad powers, constitutional limits, consequences, territorial expansion, slavery

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