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Let me be free : the Nez Perce tragedy

Author: David Lavender
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Anchor Books edView all editions and formats
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"Lavender sets the stage with an account of the imperial rivalries between England, Spain, France, and the United States, and their role in Thomas Jefferson's decision to sponsor an expedition that might strengthen the young country's claims to lands it had purchased but never seen. Lavender then takes us through the steps that led to the selection of Meriwether Lewis as the Corps of Discovery's leader with William  Read more...
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Lavender, David Sievert, 1910-2003.
Let me be free.
New York : Anchor Books, 1993
(OCoLC)639403071
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Lavender
ISBN: 0385411553 9780385411554 0385468679 9780385468671
OCLC Number: 27035123
Notes: Originally published: New York : HarperCollins, ©1992.
Description: xii, 403 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. Beginner's Luck --
2. Preparing for the Future --
3. Grappling with Logistics --
4. Trial Run --
5. Facing Reality --
6. Smoky Water --
7. Emphasis on Indians --
8. Into Winter --
9. The Grand Plan --
10. Forty Below --
and Far to Go --
11. Hazards by Water --
12. The Great Portage --
13. The Great Divide --
14. Hunger --
15. Wild Water --
16. The Farthest Reach --
17. Against the Flow --
18. Peace Mission to the Blackfeet --
19. Hurrying Home --
20. Endings --
App. I. Jefferson's Instructions to Lewis --
App. II. The Permanent Party --
App. III. Much Ado About Little --
The Case of the Lydia.
Responsibility: David Lavender.

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"Lavender sets the stage with an account of the imperial rivalries between England, Spain, France, and the United States, and their role in Thomas Jefferson's decision to sponsor an expedition that might strengthen the young country's claims to lands it had purchased but never seen. Lavender then takes us through the steps that led to the selection of Meriwether Lewis as the Corps of Discovery's leader with William Clark as coleader. From there the great adventure story unfolds, and we follow Lewis and Clark and their company on their journey through vast, uncharted territory as they seek a transcontinental route to the Pacific." "From its inception to its conclusion - a triumph made bittersweet by Lewis's suicide only a few years later - we witness the trials, the surprises, the natural wonders, and the successes large and small that the expedition met with day by day over the course of two years and thousands of miles."--BOOK JACKET.

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