Thomas Chaffin


Pathfinder: John C. Frémont and the Course of American Empire
Thomas Chaffin (Mellon Fellow, 1998-99)

The career of John Charles Frémont (1813–90) ties together the full breadth of American expansionism from its eighteenth-century origins through its culmination in the Gilded Age. Tom Chaffin's biography demonstrates Frémont's vital importance to the history of American empire, and illuminates his role in shattering long-held myths about the ecology and habitability of the American West.