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Finding the West : Explorations With Lewis and Clark

Finding the West : Explorations With Lewis and Clark - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0826324177

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ISBN13: 978-0826324177
ISBN10: 0826324177
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Published: 2001
International: No

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Finding the West : Explorations With Lewis and Clark - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0826324177

James P. Ronda

ISBN13: 978-0826324177
ISBN10: 0826324177
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

One of the foremost historians of Lewis and Clark, Ronda grounds Finding the West in the insights and reflections he has gleaned from some twenty years of research and writing about this pivotal era. But above all else, Ronda's book is centered on stories and storytellers. As he writes: "This is a book about many storytellers. Their words are French-Canadian, Shoshone, New Hampshire English, Hidatsa, and Chinookan." Ronda documents not only the stories that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark offered about their "road across the continent," but also the large and important stories by and about the native peoples whose trails they followed and whose lands they described in their journals and reports and on their maps.

The beginning of the nineteenth century represents a time when America passed into a headlong rush for empire and when "the West" loomed large as a dream for some and a nightmare for others, an era that irrevocably shaped the new American nation in the two hundred years that followed. Whoever the storyteller in the aftermath of that encounter--native or newcomer--the stories all soon revolved around a common theme: the coming of the winds of change.

Ronda's masterful interpretation of the young Republic's fascination with the West is written with grace, narrative sweep, and a conviction that history should, above all else, engage and inform us.

Author Bio

Ronda, James P. : University of Tulsa

James P. Ronda is the H. G. Barnard Professor of Western American History at the University of Tulsa. He has written ten books on western exploration.

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