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The Lewis and Clark Journals: An American Epic of Discovery: The Abridgment of the Definitive Nebraska Edition

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Two centuries ago an American epic unfolded as Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery mapped the lands, described the natural wonders, and encountered the peoples of western North America. Following orders from President Thomas Jefferson, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out from Saint Louis in 1804 to search for a river passage to the Pacific Ocean. In their own words, recorded in the famous journals of Lewis and Clark, the members of the Corps of Discovery tell their story with an immediacy and power missing from second-hand accounts. 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 Shoshone interpreter Sacagawea, the ordeal of crossing the Continental Divide, Clark's joy at seeing the Pacific, miserable days of cold and hunger, and the kidnapping and rescue of Lewis's dog, Seaman.

The natural wonders of an unspoiled America are captured in these pages. The lives and customs of its Native peoples also come vividly to life: Lewis and Clark's friendship with the Mandans and the Nez Perces, a deadly fight with the Blackfeet, and a series of intricate interactions and negotiations with numerous northwestern tribes. The cultural differences between the corps and the Indians make for living drama that is sometimes comic but more often poignant and, at least once, tragic.

In this riveting account, editor Gary E. Moulton blends the narrative highlights of his definitive Nebraska edition of the Lewis and Clark journals. For the first time the voices of the enlisted men and of the Native Americans are heard alongside the words of the captains. New maps and illustrations enrich this American epic of discovery.

Review:

"A triumph of scholarly publishing....[B]elongs on most readers' shelves — and should accompany any road trip through the West." Atlantic Monthly

Review:

"If you're going to read just one book...you should hear the story from the explorers themselves." Elise Christenson, Newsweek

Synopsis:

Two centuries ago an American epic unfolded as Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery mapped the lands, described the natural wonders, and encountered the peoples of western North America. In their own words, recorded in the famous journals of Lewis and Clark, they tell their story with an immediacy and power missing from secondhand accounts. Illustrations. Maps.

Synopsis:

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 Lewiss 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.

About the Author

Gary E. Moulton is Thomas C. Sorensen Professor of American History at the University of Nebraska. He is the recipient of the J. Franklin Jameson Award of the American Historical Association for the editing of the Lewis and Clark journals, and he won the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award from the University of Nebraska.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803229501
Subtitle:
An American Epic of Discovery
Introduction and Editor:
Moulton, Gary E.
Editor:
Moulton, Gary E.
Author:
Lewis, Meriwether
Author:
Moulton, Gary E.
Author:
Clark, William
Author:
Moulton, Clark
Author:
Members of the Corps of Discovery
Author:
Moulton, Lewis
Publisher:
Bison Books
Location:
Lincoln, Neb.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Discovery and exploration
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
United States - West - General
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
Explorers
Subject:
West
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Abridged:
Y
Series:
Lewis & Clark Expedition
Series Volume:
G-9
Publication Date:
May 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 illustrations, 13 maps, index
Pages:
497
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 1.45 lb

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Product details 497 pages University of Nebraska Press - English 9780803229501 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A triumph of scholarly publishing....[B]elongs on most readers' shelves — and should accompany any road trip through the West."
"Review" by , "If you're going to read just one book...you should hear the story from the explorers themselves."
"Synopsis" by , Two centuries ago an American epic unfolded as Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery mapped the lands, described the natural wonders, and encountered the peoples of western North America. In their own words, recorded in the famous journals of Lewis and Clark, they tell their story with an immediacy and power missing from secondhand accounts. Illustrations. Maps.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 Lewiss 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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