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

The Lewis and Clark Journals Abridged Edition An American Epic of Discovery Following orders from President Thomas Jefferson Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out from their wintering camp in Illinois in to search for a river passage to the Pacific Ocean I

  • Title: The Lewis and Clark Journals (Abridged Edition): An American Epic of Discovery
  • Author: Meriwether Lewis Gary E. Moulton WilliamClark
  • ISBN: 9780803280397
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 aFollowing 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 often is poignant and, at least once, tragic.
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    • Jeff Elliott says:

      It only took me a year. This is about the best you can do for a compilation of journal entries. As an abridged version it did a good job of including the entries that were important and interesting while avoiding the mundane. Reading something like this you can't help but be compelled to dig deeper into the story. (For this I recommend Stephen Ambrose's Undaunted Courage)

    • Pamela Okano says:

      What an adventure this was! More than 2 years away from home, walking, riding, and canoeing from St. Louis to near the mouth of the Columbia, without formal maps (let alone GPS), Goretex, plastic, modern medicine, etc, etc. And everyone including Sacagawea's baby, born during the expedition, came home alive (except a gentleman who was unlucky enough to get a ruptured appendix and who would have died even if he'd had the best medical care at the time)! This was amazing considering that the treatm [...]

    • Rebecca Thomason says:

      Amazing compilation of the journals that provides a lucid picture of the incredible Corps of Discovery. You really get a sense of the scope of the journey from their own words.

    • Julia says:

      On May 14, 1804, at the request of President Thomas Jefferson, Captain Meriwether Lewis and Captain William Clark set out on perhaps the greatest overland adventure in United States history. Their charge was to navigate the Missouri River from St. Louis as far as they could, then reach by any means possible the Pacific Ocean. Meanwhile, they would be documenting botanical, ecological, biological, geographical and ethnological and cultural experiences as they met and interacted with the native am [...]

    • Alex Telander says:

      In this beginning year of the 200th anniversary of the famous Lucas and Clark expedition, the University of Nebraska Press has released an abridgement of the definitive edition of two men’s journals as they traveled across an unknown land, mapping and recording what they saw of this new terrain for the first time in history.The Lewis and Clark Journals is a welcome abridgement to the full thirteen-volume set that, while significantly shorter, still contains much of the magic and revelation tha [...]

    • Manuel says:

      Holy crap, another epic nonfiction book. There are a few tense moments: canoes overturning; buffalo charging tents in the middle of the night; pregnant Native American woman riding horseback, stopping to give birth for an hour and continuing on.But for the most part it was just a very formally written travel journal. You have to remember, this was not written with today's knowledge. These people had a totally different view and were on a very focused mission, so anything that falls outside of th [...]

    • Trever says:

      Interesting book, you would think that they would write more since they are on this super journey. Some things I thought were interesting, you would think that they would make a game of out, like a real game, not Oregon trail. Overall a good read.

    • John Boettcher says:

      Dry, but historical. Big skeletons of fish up in northern Nebraska where my family was from. Still trying to find them. :) Spoiler Alert! They found the Pacific. Sorry to ruin it.

    • Page Wolf says:

      I was surprised how I interested I found myself in Lewis and Clark. Tidbits of history I never knewp the list of English words the Indians knew on p 316. I really liked reading this!

    • Misty says:

      I didn't expect to get sucked into this, but I did. A riveting first hand account about a truly epic adventure!

    • Lynette says:

      Our family read this as we generally retraced several of the points along the Lewis and Clark Trail around its bicentennial. What a great vacation and what a magnificent way to learn history!

    • Maxwell Richie says:

      New favorite Non-Fic book

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