Lewis and Clark: Blazing a Trail West (Sterling Biographies Series)

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In November 1805, after a perilous trek across North America, William Clark and Meriwether Lewis finally spotted the Pacific Ocean. It was a triumphant, hard-won victory following a year-and-a-half of braving the elements and risking death by starvation, wild animals, and hostile Native American tribes. Who were these explorers who accomplished what no other white men had? And who helped them in their incredible journey across an uncharted, sometimes hostile landscape? Kids will read wide-eyed as they follow ...
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Overview

In November 1805, after a perilous trek across North America, William Clark and Meriwether Lewis finally spotted the Pacific Ocean. It was a triumphant, hard-won victory following a year-and-a-half of braving the elements and risking death by starvation, wild animals, and hostile Native American tribes. Who were these explorers who accomplished what no other white men had? And who helped them in their incredible journey across an uncharted, sometimes hostile landscape? Kids will read wide-eyed as they follow Lewis and Clark from their frontier boyhoods to their groundbreaking achievement to the sometimes-tragic aftermath of their success.
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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
William Clark and Meriwether Lewis left Illinois in 1804 with more than forty-five other people to explore North America. The two men discovered many rivers and mountains, and they encountered several Native American tribes. The Lewis and Clark expedition was a dangerous one, but one that this group was determined to make. The two men had similar family backgrounds. Clark was born in Virginia to a plantation-owning family. Lewis was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, also to a family who owned a plantation. Clark was four years older than Lewis. Lewis and Clark both joined the Army and eventually met. In 1881, Lewis's friend Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States needed a secretary and offered the position to Lewis. On April 1, 1801, Lewis officially became President Jefferson's secretary. Jefferson wanted to raise money for an exploration of the West. Lewis volunteered to head an expedition out West and to the Pacific Ocean. Jefferson accepted his offer. Lewis then asked his friend Clark to join the expedition. On May 21, 1804, the two began their trip on the Missouri River. In September, 1806, the explorers returned with many accounts of the long, hard trek. As rewards for their service, both were awarded political and military appointments in the Louisiana Territory. Clark became a governor and died a natural death. Lewis was plagued by depression and is presumed to have taken his own life. Both men are remembered as heroes of the developing West. Color and black and white photographs and many sidebars are included, as well as a time line, glossary, bibliography, and source and chapter notes. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402745331
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Series: Sterling Biographies Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 312,607
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years

Table of Contents


Introduction: A Journey Bound by Friendship     1
Similar Family Backgrounds     2
Army Life     14
In the Service of Thomas Jefferson     21
Preparing for the Expedition     29
Getting Under Way     38
The Sioux Nation     48
Fort Mandan     55
Finding the Great Falls     63
The Shoshone Tribe     68
Journey Down the Rapids     79
Fort Clatsop     88
Starting the Return Journey     94
Side Trips     101
Home at Last!     110
Glossary     118
Bibliography     119
Source Notes     120
Image Credits     122
About the Author     122
Index     123
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  • Posted March 14, 2010

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    Lewis and Clark: Blazing a Trail West

    The author provides a broad background of material about the young Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, giving a shallow treatment of their young lives, family environment and the situation in the nation at the time. This is good enough as an initial exploration of the two and their contribution to the expansion of the nation, as well as a brief sketch of the political situation of the United States in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. But in depth? Hardly. Some of the sidebars are helpful in providing more detail and are interesting in and of themselves. As an initial survey of the subject matter, it revealed little to me that I had not already gained from elementary school some 50 years ago. I bought it specifically to read to fifth graders in my grandson's elementary school and they do seem to be absorbed in the material. I present expanded information gained through my own educational experiences in US and world history and life over the past 65 years. I would recommend this book as an initial exploration only, with further study needed to "flesh out" the missing details. The included bibliography and source notes sections are especially useful in this case, and a valid reason to pick this book up for younger readers interested in the development of the United States after its establishment in 1783.

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