Lewis & Clark For Dummies

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The Lewis and Clark expedition was the greatest camping trip in history. It was one of those irresistible American adventures that many people dream of living. This book shares the delightful details of the journey that historians have gleaned from the group’s journals and maps, and also discusses what’s known of the Indian perspective of the expedition.

Throughout the book, you find out about Jefferson’s western exploration from his earliest efforts to see the Corps assembled ...

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Overview

The Lewis and Clark expedition was the greatest camping trip in history. It was one of those irresistible American adventures that many people dream of living. This book shares the delightful details of the journey that historians have gleaned from the group’s journals and maps, and also discusses what’s known of the Indian perspective of the expedition.

Throughout the book, you find out about Jefferson’s western exploration from his earliest efforts to see the Corps assembled through the aftermath for the explorers, the tribes, and the United States. But the focus of Lewis & Clark For Dummies is on the period between Jefferson’s confidential letter to Congress requesting dollars to mount a western exploration (January 18,1803) and the expedition’s triumphant (and improbable) return to St. Louis (September 23, 1806): forty-two months that changed the world.

Join Lewis and Clark as they recruit the Corps of Discovery, meet Sacagawea and various Indian tribes, and set off along the Missouri River on a thrilling, perilous journey. Lewis & Clark For Dummies also covers the following topics and more:

  • The expedition’s people and places
  • Jefferson’s fascination with the West
  • Final preparations of Meriwether Lewis
  • Weathering storms to launch the expedition
  • The discomforts and dangers of the journey
  • Making maps and writing reports
  • A first look at the Pacific Ocean

The story of Lewis and Clark doesn’t end with their return to St. Louis. This book will also lead you on an exploration of the fates and lessons of the Corps of Discovery. Find out what happened to Lewis, Clark, and many other key players after their famous journey. And examine the aftermath for the American Indians and the political and cultural ramifications for the United States. You’ll even find the resources you need to plan your own recreation of the expedition as you take the Trail yourself!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764525452
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 412
  • Sales rank: 798,304
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Sammye J. Meadows is the coordinator for the Circle of Tribal Advisors for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.

Jana Sawyer Prewitt is a former director of external affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Lewis and Clark’s America.

Chapter 1: Reflecting on the Legacy: Lewis and Clark, Then and Now.

Chapter 2: Getting Acquainted with the Expedition’s People and Places.

Chapter 3: Compelling Lewis and Clark West.

Part II: Into the Known: Monticello to Fort Mandan.

Chapter 4: Gambling Big — the Jeffersonian Way.

Chapter 5: Training an Explorer.

Chapter 6: Wintering at Camp Dubois.

Chapter 7: Traveling on the Big Muddy.

Chapter 8: Pitching American Trade to the Western Tribes.

Chapter 9: Enjoying a Cold Winter among Warm Mandans.

Part III: Into the Unknown: Fort Mandan to the Pacific.

Chapter 10: Journeying through Paradise and Purgatory on the Northern Plains.

Chapter 11: Searching for Snakes and Horses.

Chapter 12: Making a Cold, Hungry, and Dangerous Trek across the Mountains.

Chapter 13: Recording “Ocian In View! O! The Joy”.

Chapter 14: Coping on the Coast.

Part IV: Bound for Home.

Chapter 15: Stealing Away and Climbing Every Mountain (Twice).

Chapter 16: Exploring Far Horizons.

Chapter 17: Heading Home.

Chapter 18: Exploring the Fate and Lessons of the Corps of Discovery.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Twenty Places Lewis and Clark Saw: Ten Changed; Ten Unchanged.

Chapter 20: The Ten Best Places to Visit on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

Chapter 21: Ten Resources for Information about Lewis and Clark.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Tribal Homelands Visited by the Expedition.

Appendix B: Glossary.

Index.

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