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Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Frémont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War

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Steve Inskeep tells the riveting story of John and Jessie Frémont, the husband and wife team who in the 1800s were instrumental in the westward expansion of the United States, and thus became America's first great political couple

In 1813, John Frémont was born a nobody. His mother conceived him out of wedlock, and at age 13, in Charleston, South Carolina, he was sent to
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Penguin Press
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Some of us like to read about history. Some of us are fascinated by the explorers and mapmakers who helped move us into the “wild areas” of the country. Still others of us like to read interesting biographies. Imperfect Union is a delight for all of us. It reads like a fascinating novel, yet gives us the story of a real-life power family in the 1800’s. This is the story of Jessie and John Frémont – how they mapped the western territories, fought to recognize women’s rights and accomplishments, a ...more
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Steve Inskeep (/ˈɪnskiːp/; born June 16, 1968) is one of the current hosts of Morning Edition on National Public Radio. He, along with co-host David Greene and Rachel Martin were assigned as interim hosts to succeed Bob Edwards after NPR reassigned Edwards to Senior Correspondent after April 30, 2004. Inskeep and Montagne were officially named hosts of Morning Edition in December 2004. (David Gree ...more