- Taschenbuch: 576 Seiten
- Verlag: Mariner Books; Auflage: None. (30. April 1997)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0395859964
- ISBN-13: 978-0395859964
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 3,3 x 21 cm
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The Journals of Lewis and Clark (Lewis & Clark Expedition) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. April 1997
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Lewis and clark left the vicinity of st. Louis on may 1804. Wintered at fort mandan (north dakota) and continued on, reaching the pacific and wintering in 1805-6 at ford clatsop (oregon) and managed to return to st. Louis by the end of september, 1806, having covered a distance equivalent to one-third of the circumference of the earth. Lewis and clark were fulfilling the vision of thomas jefferson in exploring the louisiana purchase of 1803. They outfitted their 40 man expedition with a congressional appropriation of $2,500- and each received 1600 acres of home- stead land in reward at the end of a governorship. The journal has appeared as a 4-volume work in 1893 (now available from dover) and thwaites published the "history of the expedition" in 8 columes in 1905. Frank bergon will edit a one-volume selection of the journals - provide a historical introduction as well as appropriate headnotes, footnotes and refs NOT UK/OM -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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"These journals are a national literary treasure . . . What you get from DeVoto is the heart of the story, without sacrificing any of the narrative or much of the natural history . . . It is the ideal selection for the citizen-reader, an American classic in its own right, a book that will be read as long as the Republic lasts." -- from the Foreword by Stephen E. Ambrose, author of "Undaunted Courage"
In 1803, when the United States purchased Louisiana from France, the great expanse of the new American territory was a blank--not only on the map but in our knowledge. President Jefferson keenly understood that the course of the nation's destiny lay westward and that a national "Voyage of Discovery" must be mounted to determine the nature and accessibility of the frontier.
He commissioned his young secretary, Meriwether Lewis, to lead an intelligence-gathering expedition from the Missouri River to the northern Pacific coast and back. From 1804 to 1806, Lewis, accompanied by co-captain William Clark, the Shoshone guide Sacajawea, and some 30 men, made the first trek across the Louisiana Purchase, mapping the rivers as he went, tracing the principal waterways to the sea, and establishing the American claim to the territories of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Together the captains kept a journal, a richly detailed record of the flora and fauna they sighted, the Indian tribes they encountered, and the awe-inspiring landscape they traversed, from their base camp near present-day St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River. In keeping this record they made an incomparable contribution to the literature of exploration and the writing of natural history.
"The Journals of Lewis and Clark," writes Bernard DeVoto, was "the first report on the West, on the United States over the hill and beyond the sunset, on the province of the American future. There has never been another so excellent or so influential . . . It satisfied desire and it created desire: the desire of the westering nation."
BERNARD DeVOTO (1897-1955) was one of America's greatest men of letters. His historical trilogy on America's westward expansion, comprising "The Year of Decision," "Across the Wide Missouri," and "The Course of Empire," belongs, in the words of Wallace Stegner, "on the shelf that contains only Prescott, Bancroft, Motley, Adams, and Parkman."Alle Produktbeschreibungen
This one-volume edition of Lewis' and Clark's masterpiece is outstanding in every way. Edited by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Bernard DeVoto (1897-1955), it allows the reader to gain a fuller understanding of the Lewis and Clark expedition through the words of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark themselves.
Lewis and Clark's expedition begins in 1804, taking the 33-person Corps of Discovery from St. Louis, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean and back again (a distance of over 8,000 miles). Among other things, it results in the initial exploration and mapping of the Great Plains and Pacific Northwest, and the description and classification of over 100 never-before seen species of flora and fauna. In addition, it dispells the myth of a northwest passage to the orient, and opens up the vast central and western regions of the continent to commerce with the United States.
Captain Meriwether Lewis, the commander of the Corps of Discovery, is instructed by President Thomas Jefferson to keep a journal of the daily events, scientific observations, and measurements of latitude and longitude along the way. Both he and his co-commander, Captain (in reality Lieutenant) William Clark follow Jefferson's instructions, although not always faithfully.
Lewis and Clark return from their 30-month long expedition as national heroes. Jefferson expects Lewis to oversee the quick publication of the Journals, but Lewis, for a variety of reasons, disappoints the President. He fails miserably as governor of the Louisiana territory; he suffers from depression and alcoholism. In 1809, he (it is surmised by historians) takes his own life, never having submitted so much as one page of the Journals' manuscript to an editor. After Lewis' suicide, Clark teams with editor Nicholas Biddle and completes a short, narrative version of the Lewis and Clark journals. Published in 1814, it contains none of the scientific data compiled during the expedition. Not until 1904 are the Journals of Lewis and Clark published in their entirety, with all of the explorers' scientific observations included.
Bernard DeVoto begins this volume with a well crafted 60-page introduction that explains the historical background to the Lewis and Clark expedition. Then, DeVoto gets out of the way and allows Lewis, Clark, and, on occasion, other members of the Corps of Discovery, to convey with their own words the drama, excitement and high adventure of this magnificent undertaking. Most of the more routine scientific data has been edited out, leaving behind Lewis and Clark's outstanding descriptions of the expedition's key events. It is not easy to forget Lewis' florid prose, through which he so emotionally and enthusiastically describes his initial sighting of the Great Falls of the Missouri and the Rocky Mountains, or his encounters with the Nez Perce' and Blackfoot native tribes. DeVoto does, however, keep in a few of the more famous journal entries dealing with scientific observations. Lewis' descriptions of the wildlife, plants and physical geography along the route of the expedition show him to be a gifted naturalist, perhaps one of the finest in history.
One not of caution: while they are very enjoyable, "The Journals of Lewis and Clark" have a tendency to make for taxing reading. This is because the editor left Lewis' and Clark's grammar and spelling almost completely intact. (Both men had an excellent ability to hold their readers' interest with their colorful and dramatic prose, but they were both atrocious spellers.)
This edition of "The Journals of Lewis and Clark" is highly entertaining and well researched. It's the best and most essential volume for those who do not wish to read the complete multi-volume version of this work. I highly recommend this outstanding book!
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