In the countdown to the US presidential poll, Victoria University political scientist Jon Johansson tours the red and blue states and finds an unhappy land.
Possessing a chosen country, with room enough for descendants to the hundredth and thousandth generation … what more is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people?
– Thomas Jefferson, 1801
In the first decade of the 19th century, Indian Wars veterans Meriwether Lewis and William Clark carried out the first transcontinental expedition to the United States’ Pacific coast. Their trip, at President Thomas Jefferson’s request, had two objectives: to study plants, animal life and geography; and to explore the economic potential of the expanse west of the Mississippi. ...
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