The Lewis and Clark Journals
An American Epic of Discovery
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Lewis and Clark Journals by Meriwether Lewis
Book DescriptionFollowing 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780803280397
(5499mm x 3564mm x 31mm)
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Meriwether Lewis
Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean, Paperback / softback (February 2012)
Journals of Lewis and Clark, Paperback (October 2011)
In the spring of 1804, Lewis and Clark set out on a voyage launched by Thomas Jefferson, to explore the wilderness between the Missouri River and the Pacific coast. This volume contains the vivid daily record of their epic trek. Revised reissue.
Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean, Performed by Order of the Government of the United States in the Years 1804, 1805, and 1806. Vol. I. a New Edition, in Three Volumes., Paperback / softback (March 2011)
Travels to the Source of the Missouri River, Paperback (December 2010)» View all books by Meriwether Lewis
Lewis and Clark's Expedition of 1804-1806 was of vital importance to the western expansion of the United States.
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Author Biography - Meriwether Lewis
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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