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The Corps of Discovery’s journey was long and impacted and reported on many aspects of the Western Experience and “Lewis and Clark: Across the Divide” examines many of them through words and pictures. Written as the companion volume to “Lewis and Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition” it draws heavily on pictures of items of the exhibit to enhance its narrative. This is an oversize coffee-table book suitable for reading, perusing the pictures or leaving out for your guests to enjoy. Each of the ten chapters focuses on one topic of the Corps’ experience. The Imagining of America introduces the reader to how little was known about the west and to goal of the Expedition to fill in the blank spaces. Depictions of the Land delves into how the explorers made their measurements and recorded their observations of the land across which they traveled. The diplomacy between the Corps and the Indians it encountered was different than that between European powers or Europeans and eastern Indians with whom had long histories of encounters. The role of tribal women opens new insights into native lives. The Corps encountered new animals and plants, traded between unfamiliar value systems and opened new understandings between cultures. At the end a list of the exhibit items including the loaning Museum, a description of the item and its history provide a valuable reference. Although I had read other works about Lewis and Clark I learned quite a bit from this one. Author Carolyn Gilman views the journey from so many perspectives that readers are almost guaranteed to gather something new. The text is supplemented by hundreds of pictures of artifacts, ledgers and correspondence either used or similar to ones used by the Corps or the Indians whom it encountered, portraits, paintings, and drawings that bring to life the Lewis and Clark experience. Whether a novice or a seasoned Lewis and Clark student “Lewis and Clark: Across The Divide” is a work to read, savor and return to.
Gorgeous! Amazing! Readable! Engage yourself with this book as if participating in a national sacrament of healing. Like the expedition itself, this exhibit and book would not have been possible without the help of Indians all the way! I've read a ton of Lewis and Clark books, but this one still unfolded surprises. Savor it, ponder it, and then go see the exhibit, too!