The Lewis and Clark Journals (Abridged Edition): An American Epic of Discovery / Edition 1

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Following orders from President Thomas Jefferson, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out from their wintering camp in Illinois in 1804 to search for a river passage to the Pacific Ocean. In this riveting account, editor Gary E. Moulton blends the narrative highlights of the Lewis and Clark journals so that the voices of the enlisted men and of Native peoples are heard alongside the words of the captains.
All their triumphs and terrors are here—the thrill of seeing the vast herds of bison on the plains; the tensions and admiration in the first meetings with Indian peoples; Lewis's rapture at the stunning beauty of the Great Falls; the fear the captains felt when a devastating illness befell their Shoshone interpreter, Sacagawea; the ordeal of crossing the Continental Divide; the kidnapping and rescuing of Lewis’s dog, Seaman; miserable days of cold and hunger; and Clark's joy at seeing the Pacific. The cultural differences between the corps and Native Americans make for living drama that at times provokes laughter but more often is poignant and, at least once, tragic.

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Editorial Reviews

“An invaluable and easily digestible account of the epic journey.”—Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803280397
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 497
  • Sales rank: 576,499
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary E. Moulton is Thomas C. Sorensen Professor of American History at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. His editing of the Lewis and Clark journals earned him the J. Franklin Jameson Award of the American Historical Association and the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award from the University of Nebraska.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Preface xi
Introduction xv
Editorial Principles lxiii
Members of the Permanent Party lxv
Chapter 1 Expedition Underway: May 14-August 24, 1804 1
Chapter 2 The Middle Missouri: August 25-October 26, 1804 45
Chapter 3 Knife River Winter: October 27, 1804-April 6, 1805 77
Chapter 4 Into the Unknown: April 7-June 2, 1805 109
Chapter 5 Portaging the Falls: June 3-July 14, 1805 145
Chapter 6 Shadows of the Rockies: July 15-August 9, 1805 179
Chapter 7 Those Tremendous Mountains: August 10-October 10, 1805 203
Chapter 8 Roll On Columbia: October 11-November 14, 1805 261
Chapter 9 Pacific Coast Winter: November 15, 1805-March 22, 1806 287
Chapter 10 Homeward Bound: March 23-July 2, 1806 347
Chapter 11 Separation and Reunion: July 3-August 12, 1806 401
Chapter 12 Hurrying Home: August 13-September 23, 1806 437
Afterword 453
Index 463
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