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Frontiers of Science

Imperialism and Natural Knowledge in the Gulf South Borderlands

Cameron Strang

Cloth: 978-1-4696-4047-1 ($39.95)

Copyright 2018
University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  • Co-winner, Summerlee Book Prize, Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf South at Lamar University (2019)


A mind-bending and deeply important book, Frontiers of Science pulls intellectual history and the history of science in the early American republic away from elite literate men on the East Coast. On the Southern borderlands, the reader meets a striking array of men and women as full characters contributing to global ideas about nature in an imperial age.

--Kathleen DuVal, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cameron Strang’s fascinating Frontiers of Science argues that the clash of empires in the colonial and early national American South animated a wide range of knowledge projects, from cartography and astronomy to geology and ethnology. Strikingly, Strang shows that these were not merely the hobbies of elite white men but involved a wide and unruly cast of characters often left out of histories of science in early America.

--Adam Rothman, Georgetown University

Frontiers of Science is a landmark book that will reorient our understanding of early American science and empire for years to come. Strang brilliantly takes us beyond the laboratories and gardens of the Northeast into the borderlands where knowledge was forged through dramatic encounters between Indians, Africans, and Europeans, profoundly shaping the early Republic.

--James Delbourgo, Rutgers University