I love history. The 1700’s is my favorite time to read about with books surrounding the American Revolutionary War as the main focal point. Hand me a book on George Washington and I’ll read it. But after that time period and after Washington’s death, I’m not that up on the events that took place – mainly the time between the RevWar and the American Civil War.
In the early 1800’s, it was all about expansion of the country. The move west was lead by Thomas Jefferson and ‘Jefferson’s Men’. The men that Jefferson put in charge of the exploration was Lewis and Clark, Dunbar and Hunter, Freeman and Zebulon. These men trekked across the continent and helped to establish America’s presence in this land.
Julie Fenster wrote Jefferson’s America: The President, The Purchase, and the Explorers Who Transformed a Nation that brings all of these characters to life. She tells of the demands, the reactions of those in Washington as well as those on the Spanish side. Fenster uses journal entries, letters and other documents to take you there and you can’t help but feel the excitement was the story unfolds – and ‘Jefferson’s Men’ did their best to do whatever as to not let Jefferson down.
If it wasn’t for these brave explorers, who knows how divided up of a country we would be – parts under the British, the French, and the Spanish. However, the saddest part of the book is that which covers the Native Americans and how the welcomed the explorers and how they unknowing brought about the beginning to their end.
If you love history as much as I do and love this time period of American history, I think you’ll really enjoy this book. Fenster’s writing style is easy and fun to ready. She puts you right in the action.
I was given a copy of JEFFERSON’S AMERICA by Julie Fenster in exchange for an honest review and I highly recommend it.