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VOYAThis scholarly introduction to the Lewis and Clark Expedition would be a fine starting place for someone interested in making a thorough study. It begins with an extensive chronology, starting with the birth of Thomas Jefferson, who sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the Louisiana Territory, and ending with the death of Clark. Five chapters each cover the events during part of the journey of the Corps of Discovery, often using the exact words found in the original journals of Lewis and Clark. A small section with maps and photos of locations and artifacts follows. Biographical sketches of five people associated with the expedition provide some insight into their character. One of the most fascinating sections of the book is the collection of primary documents of the expedition. Jefferson's original instructions to Lewis tell exactly what was expected of the explorers. Excerpts from the journals of several expedition members show the hardships and the events of the journey from different perspectives. Letters from Lewis to Jefferson and an unknown correspondent tell his story in his own words. This resource will be useful for reports and beginning other research. Some of the writing is disjointed, but the extensive notes at the end of each chapter show that the information is from primary sources and not embellished by the author. Part of the Guides to Historic Events, 1500-1900 reference series, the book is an important addition where research and interest in Lewis and Clark is extensive. 2004, Greenwood, 184p.; Glossary. Index. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Source Notes. Chronology., PLB Ages 11 to Adult.
—Deborah L. Dubois