"By explicating the human consequences of the Louisiana Purchase, Peter J. Kastor's The Louisiana Purchase and the Creation of America adds a fresh and vital chapter to our understanding of the American experiment."-Jon Kukla, author of A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America
Author Biography: Peter J. Kastor is assistant professor of history and American culture studies and assistant director of American culture studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the editor of The Louisiana Purchase: Emergence of an American Nation. His articles on the Louisiana Purchase have appeared in The Journal of the West, The William & Mary Quarterly, and Journal of the Early Republic.
Kastor, assistant director of American culture studies at Washington University, specializes in the history of Louisiana and the Louisiana Purchase. While he recently compiled work from a variety of scholars in The Louisiana Purchase: Emergence of an American Nation, here he publishes his dissertation, which examines Louisiana's incorporation into the United States after the official purchase from France. How multiethnic Louisianans came to think of themselves as Americans is examined over the course of several decades in the early 19th century, both before and after official statehood in 1812. Much attention is given to the maneuverings of New Orleans elite politicians of Spanish and French descent. The demographic expansion of what it meant to be American is seen to be as important as the geographic expansion created by the Louisiana Purchase. Other recent titles on the Louisiana Purchase have broader historical perspectives, but Kastor's work is unique in its tight focus. Academic and large public libraries will find this book interesting and useful.-Nathan E. Bender, Buffalo Bill Historical Ctr., Cody, WY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.