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The Lewis and Clark Expedition
     

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

by Meriwether Lewis, Gunther Barth (Editor), William Clark (Other), William Clark, Gunther Barth (Editor)
 
Built around the explorers' own journals, this volume introduces readers to one of the greatest adventure stories of U.S. history: Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's harrowing westward journey in search of a navigable waterway to the Pacific Ocean. With more than 150 journal entries and correspondences organized into topics such as Forging the Corps of Discovery and

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Built around the explorers' own journals, this volume introduces readers to one of the greatest adventure stories of U.S. history: Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's harrowing westward journey in search of a navigable waterway to the Pacific Ocean. With more than 150 journal entries and correspondences organized into topics such as Forging the Corps of Discovery and Encounters with Native Americans the book provides a unique framework for assessing the successes and failures of the 1803-6 expedition, forming insight into the explorers' personalities, and interpreting their encounters with Native Americans. An introduction provides historical context for the expedition, and concise headnotes introduce important themes and link the selections.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
This compact volume represents the first attempt to organize excerpts of the Lewis and Clark journals according to topic, rather than chronologically, allowing the lay reader or student to follow a given thematic or topical thread throughout the process of the entire expedition. The first sections portray the two captains and relate their initial organization of the expedition. Subsequent sections deal with the geographic and climatic challenges presented by the crossing of the continent; encounters with Native Americans; and accounts of the natural wonders observed by the explorers. The editor's introduction and epilogue ably place the expedition in its historical context. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312128012
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Series:
The Bedford Series in History and Culture
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.60(d)

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