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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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George Shannon and C. S. Rafinesque

George Shannon and C. S. Rafinesque

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(p.143) Chapter 6 George Shannon and C. S. Rafinesque
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Lewis & Clark
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Charles Boewe

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520228399.003.0007

This chapter studies one of the less famous members of the Lewis and Clark expedition, George Shannon, and his connections to the scientist and linguist C.S. Rafinesque. Rafinesque was an avid reader of Nicholas Biddle's edition of the Lewis and Clark journals. It shows that Rafinesque used this edition to assign scientific names to five animals. Rafinesque also did relevant linguistic researches among Native Americans and published many works about the topic. The chapter ends with a discussion of two unpublished manuscripts that include Shannon's testimony.

Keywords:   George Shannon, C.S. Rafinesque, Nicholas Biddle, Lewis and Clark, journals, linguistic research, unpublished manuscripts

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