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The boats slip into the water at dawn and the journey begins. Some people think we may find monsters out West. But our leaders, Captain Lewis and Captain Clark, say that is an idea for dreamers. There is no room for dreaming on this journey into the unknown. Still, I dream and I carry my dream within me as we begin our quest to find a waterway to the western sea. I dream of finding freedom. My name is York and I am a slave. When the Lewis and Clark expedition launched its search for a water passage to the Pacific...

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Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator) Flagstaff, AZ 1997 Hard Cover First Edition, First Thus New in New jacket Stated First Edition. BRAND NEW & Collectible. Historical fiction. The ... story of York (c. 1770-c. 1831), a slave of Captain William Clark, and the sole African-American member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In 1804, York was compelled to leave his family and accompany the Expedition. Journals of the adventure present York as a large, strong man and attest to his skill in scouting, hunting and field medicine, and, significantly, permitted to carry a fireman. A story of an admirable personage against the backdrop of the most famous exploration in American history as well as a time of grave social injustice. Beautifully illustrated. Book contains historical inaccuracies, but may well inspire young historians-to-be to correct. Read more Show Less

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The boats slip into the water at dawn and the journey begins. Some people think we may find monsters out West. But our leaders, Captain Lewis and Captain Clark, say that is an idea for dreamers. There is no room for dreaming on this journey into the unknown. Still, I dream and I carry my dream within me as we begin our quest to find a waterway to the western sea. I dream of finding freedom. My name is York and I am a slave. When the Lewis and Clark expedition launched its search for a water passage to the Pacific Ocean in 1803, a black slave accompanied them. His name was York and in this beautifully illustrated children's book, he tells the tale of this remarkable journey and his own search for freedom. It is an inspiring story of faith, courage, and resolve set against the backdrop of the most famous exploration in American history.

A slave describes the journey he makes with his master, Captain William Clark, into the uncharted territory of the American West to find a water passageway to the Pacific Ocean

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Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
York was the only African American to accompany Lewis and Clark on their journey of discovery in 1803. A series of beautifully executed paintings tell the story of the adventure from York's perspective. His personal quest was for freedom. York's first-person account of the journey makes it more compelling than the more common rote histories and one children can more easily respond to. The paintings contribute to this exceptional effort a sense of place and a feel for the conditions that were endured. An afterword informs people that even though Captain Clark let York live in Kentucky and earn a living, he was never legally freed.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780873586504
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc
  • Publication date: 7/15/1997
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.89 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    nice story but the facts are wrong

    Once there were almost no children's books about York, so this one survived and thrived, despite numerous errors. The most glaring is the featured event of York saving Clark, Sacagawea, and Pomp, from a flash flood. This never happened. York showed up later. Anyone who bothered to read the journals would know this book has it wrong. Fortunately there are now several books about York available, all highly accurate.

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