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The sole African American member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, William Clark's enigmatic body servant York has inspired numerous myths about his character and exploits. He was supposed to be a man of superb physique and stamina, and some believed that he clowned and womanized his way across the continent and made no significant contributions to the outcome of the Expedition. More often than not, reputable historians have assumed that these myths surrounding him were reliable portrayals of the first black man to reach the Pacific Ocean.

First published in 1985, Robert B. Betts' unique account of this long-obscured historical figure is now back in an updated edition with new material and illustrations. In Search of York removes many of the fallacies surrounding York and pinpoints the important role he played in the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Through painstaking research and the synthesis of all the available information known about York, Betts exposes the impact of racial prejudice on historical interpretation. Neither the hero that a few romantic chroniclers have drawn nor the buffoon of many accounts tainted with racism, Betts' York emerges as a believable human being touching both the heights and depths of the world he lived in.

A significant contribution to Lewis and Clark studies, In Search of York is an invaluable model of historical inquiry for scholars and a fascinating story for all readers.

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First published in 1985, Robert B. Betts' unique account of the sole African American member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition is now back in an updated edition with new material and illustrations. In Search of York removes many of the fallacies surrounding York and pinpoints the important role he played in the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Through painstaking research and the synthesis of all the available information known about York, Betts exposes the impact of racial prejudice on historical interpretation. Neither the hero that a few romantic chroniclers have drawn nor the buffoon of many accounts tainted with racism, Betts' York emerges as a believable human being touching both the heights and depths of the world he lived in.

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First published in 1985, Robert B. Betts' unique account of this long-obscured historical figure is now back in an updated edition with new material and illustrations. In Search of York removes many of the fallacies surrounding York and pinpoints the important role he played in the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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First published in 1985, Robert B. Betts's acclaimed account of the sole African American member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition is now available in paperback.

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The late Robert B. Betts graduated from Harvard, was a successful advertising executive in New York City, and regularly contributed to the Lewis and Clark journal We Proceeded On.

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mchalkley, August 25, 2006 (view all comments by mchalkley)
This is a very original piece of historical research by Robert B. Betts, who died in 1989. Betts pieced together all the available information about a man who was, up until then, a very obscure historical figure. Betts' was based on careful reading of the Lewis & Clark journals and examination of any and all records of the slave-holding Clark family. While later discoveries--a cache of Clark family letters found in 1988-- threw more light on York's life, Betts summarized well everything known up until then. Betts' work generated all the considerable interest in York that has sprung up since then: articles, paintings, and the evocative one-man dramatization of York by actor Hasan Davis--it all started with this well-written and well-illustrated book.
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ISBN:
9780870817144
Epilogue:
Holmberg, James J.
Publisher:
University Press of Colorado
Epilogue by:
Holmberg, James J.
Epilogue:
Holmberg, James J.
Author:
Betts, Robert B.
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Slaves
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Subject:
General History
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20021131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9.9 x 7.9 x 0.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , First published in 1985, Robert B. Betts' unique account of the sole African American member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition is now back in an updated edition with new material and illustrations. In Search of York removes many of the fallacies surrounding York and pinpoints the important role he played in the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Through painstaking research and the synthesis of all the available information known about York, Betts exposes the impact of racial prejudice on historical interpretation. Neither the hero that a few romantic chroniclers have drawn nor the buffoon of many accounts tainted with racism, Betts' York emerges as a believable human being touching both the heights and depths of the world he lived in.
"Synopsis" by ,
First published in 1985, Robert B. Betts' unique account of this long-obscured historical figure is now back in an updated edition with new material and illustrations. In Search of York removes many of the fallacies surrounding York and pinpoints the important role he played in the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
"Synopsis" by , First published in 1985, Robert B. Betts's acclaimed account of the sole African American member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition is now available in paperback.
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