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The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture

Michael F. Robinson


In the late 1800s, “Arctic Fever” swept across the nation as dozens of American expeditions sailed north to the Arctic to find a sea route to Asia and, ultimately, to stand at the North Pole. Few of these missions were successful, and many men lost their lives en route. Yet failure did little to dampen the enthusiasm of new explorers or the crowds at home that cheered them on. Arctic exploration, the author of this book argues, was an activity that unfolded in America as much as it did in the wintry hinterland. Paying particular attention to the perils facing explorers at home, the book examin ... More

Keywords: Arctic Fever, North Pole, arctic exploration, American cultural life, Elisha Kent Kane, Charles Hall, Robert Peary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226721842
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226721873.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael F. Robinson, author