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The Resource Undaunted courage : Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West, Stephen E. Ambrose

Undaunted courage : Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West, Stephen E. Ambrose

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Undaunted courage : Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West
Title
Undaunted courage
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Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West
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Stephen E. Ambrose
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Language
eng
Summary
Though primarily a biography of Meriwether Lewis, this book also provides fascinating sketches of Thomas Jefferson, William Clark, Sacagawea, & other contemporaries. From the bestselling author of the definitive book on D-Day comes the definitive book on the most momentous expedition in American history and one of the great adventure stories of all time. In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and back. Lewis was the perfect choice. He endured incredible hardships and saw incredible sights, including vast herds of buffalo and Indian tribes that had had no previous contact with white men. He and his partner, Captain William Clark, made the first map of the trans-Mississippi West, provided invaluable scientific data on the flora and fauna of the Louisiana Purchase territory, and established the American claim to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information about weather, terrain, and medical knowledge at the time to provide a colorful and realistic backdrop for the expedition. Lewis saw the North American continent before any other white man; Ambrose describes in detail native peoples, weather, landscape, science, everything the expedition encountered along the way, through Lewis's eyes. Lewis is supported by a rich variety of colorful characters, first of all Jefferson himself, whose interest in exploring and acquiring the American West went back thirty years. Next comes Clark, a rugged frontiersman whose love for Lewis matched Jefferson's. There are numerous Indian chiefs, and Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition, along with the French-Indian hunter Drouillard, the great naturalists of Philadelphia, the French and Spanish fur traders of St. Louis, John Quincy Adams, and many more leading political, scientific, and military figures of the turn of the century. This is a book about a hero. This is a book about national unity. But it is also a tragedy. When Lewis returned to Washington in the fall of 1806, he was a national hero. But for Lewis, the expedition was a failure. Jefferson had hoped to find an all-water route to the Pacific with a short hop over the Rockies-Lewis discovered there was no such passage. Jefferson hoped the Louisiana Purchase would provide endless land to support farming-but Lewis discovered that the Great Plains were too dry. Jefferson hoped there was a river flowing from Canada into the Missouri-but Lewis reported there was no such river, and thus no U.S. claim to the Canadian prairie. Lewis discovered the Plains Indians were hostile and would block settlement and trade up the Missouri. Lewis took to drink, engaged in land speculation, piled up debts he could not pay, made jealous political enemies, and suffered severe depression. High adventure, high politics, suspense, drama, and diplomacy combine with high romance and personal tragedy to make this outstanding work of scholarship as readable as a novel
Summary
In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Merriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean and back. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, endured incredible hardships and saw incredible sights
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 1997.
  • School Library Journal Best Books: Best Adult Books 4 Teens, 1996.
  • Spur Award for Historical Nonfiction, 1997.
Biography type
contains biographical information
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155203
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
917.804/2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F592.7
LC item number
.A49 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
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Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West
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Undaunted courage : Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West, Stephen E. Ambrose
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 493-496) and index
Control code
77236
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
511 p.
Isbn
9780684811079
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
95037146
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm33044492
  • (OCoLC)33044492
Label
Undaunted courage : Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West, Stephen E. Ambrose
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 493-496) and index
Control code
77236
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
511 p.
Isbn
9780684811079
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
95037146
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm33044492
  • (OCoLC)33044492

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