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Exploring Lewis and Clark : reflections on men and wilderness

Author: Thomas P Slaughter
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Exploring Lewis and Clark probes beneath the traditional narrative of the journey, looking beyond the perspectives of the explorers themselves to those of the women and the men who accompanied them, as well as of the Indians who met them along the way. It reexamines the journals and what they suggest about Lewis's and Clark's misinterpretations of the worlds they passed through and the people in them. The author  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Slaughter, Thomas P. (Thomas Paul)
Exploring Lewis and Clark.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2003
(OCoLC)606935286
Online version:
Slaughter, Thomas P. (Thomas Paul)
Exploring Lewis and Clark.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2003
(OCoLC)610251327
Named Person: Meriwether Lewis; William Clark; Sacagawea.; York
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas P Slaughter
ISBN: 0375400788 9780375400780
OCLC Number: 49719275
Description: xviii, 231 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Thomas P. Slaughter.
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Exploring Lewis and Clark probes beneath the traditional narrative of the journey, looking beyond the perspectives of the explorers themselves to those of the women and the men who accompanied them, as well as of the Indians who met them along the way. It reexamines the journals and what they suggest about Lewis's and Clark's misinterpretations of the worlds they passed through and the people in them. The author portrays Lewis and Clark not as heroes, but as men-bound by cultural prejudices, and blindly hell-bent on achieving their goal. He searches for the woman Sacajawea rather than the icon that she has become. He seeks the historical rather than the legendary York, Clark's slave. He discovers what the various tribes made of the expedition, including the notion that this multiracial, multiethnic group was embarked on a search for spiritual meaning. In this important work of investigative history, Slaughter shines an entirely new light on the famed Lewis and Clark expedition: the journals kept, the lands claimed, the myths cherished, the dreams stolen, the history and identity created. 14 illustrations in text. Most Americans know that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led our nation's first trans-continental exploratory expedition, which was sent west by President Thomas Jefferson in 1803. Their journey is one of the most celebrated events in American history and one of the most written about. But most of us do not know any more than what the explorers told us, or what they wanted readers of their voluminous journals to know, or anything other than what they understood about themselves and their wilderness experiences. Thomas Slaughter portrays Lewis and Clark not as heroes but as men-brave, bound by cultural prejudices and blindly hell-bent on achieving their goal. Thomas Slaughter shines an entirely new light on an event basic to our understanding of ourselves. He has given us an important work of investigative history.

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