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American EmpireRoosevelt's Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization$
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Neil Smith

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230279

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230279.001.0001

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The Search for Geographical Order: The American Geographical Society

The Search for Geographical Order: The American Geographical Society

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(p.83) 4 The Search for Geographical Order: The American Geographical Society
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American Empire
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Neil Smith

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230279.003.0004

This chapter looks at the search for order that enveloped the United States during the turn of the twentieth century. It identifies the ways the search for order was conducted, and states that it was inherently geographical. The discussion also introduces the American Geographical Society (AGS), which sponsored expeditions and hosted lectures by returning explorers and scientists. One section looks at Bowman's AGS directorship, where he was able to build an energetic and powerful research institution. This is followed by a discussion of the millionth map of South America, which was the largest single geographical research project in the United States. The chapter also discusses Robert E. Peary and his discovery of the North Pole.

Keywords:   search for order, American Geographical Society, directorship, millionth map, Robert E. Peary

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