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

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

ISBN-10:
0803280394
ISBN-13:
9780803280397
Pub. Date:
11/28/2004
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
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The Lewis and Clark Journals (Abridged Edition): An American Epic of Discovery / Edition 1


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803280397
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Edition description: Abridged
Pages: 497
Sales rank: 385,302
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.49(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Prefacexi
Introductionxv
Editorial Principleslxiii
Members of the Permanent Partylxv
Chapter 1Expedition Underway: May 14-August 24, 18041
Chapter 2The Middle Missouri: August 25-October 26, 180445
Chapter 3Knife River Winter: October 27, 1804-April 6, 180577
Chapter 4Into the Unknown: April 7-June 2, 1805109
Chapter 5Portaging the Falls: June 3-July 14, 1805145
Chapter 6Shadows of the Rockies: July 15-August 9, 1805179
Chapter 7Those Tremendous Mountains: August 10-October 10, 1805203
Chapter 8Roll On Columbia: October 11-November 14, 1805261
Chapter 9Pacific Coast Winter: November 15, 1805-March 22, 1806287
Chapter 10Homeward Bound: March 23-July 2, 1806347
Chapter 11Separation and Reunion: July 3-August 12, 1806401
Chapter 12Hurrying Home: August 13-September 23, 1806437
Afterword453
Index463

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