Copyright/published Year: 2004 by Hill & Wang
Between 1803 and 1806, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark ì co-captained the most famous expedition in American history. But ì while Lewis ended his life just three years later, Clark, as the ì highest-ranking Federal official in the West, spent three decades ì overseeing its consequences: Indian removal and the destruction ì of Native America. In a rare combination of storytelling and ì scholarship, best-selling author Landon Y. Jones presents for the ì first time Clark's remarkable life and influential career in ì their full complexity.
Like every colonial family living on Virginia's violent frontier, ì the Clarks killed Indians and acquired land; acting on behalf of ì the United States, William would prove successful at both. ì Clark's life was spent fighting in America's fifty-year running ì war with the Indians (and their European allies) over the Western ì borderlands. The struggle began with his famed brother George ì Roger's western campaigns during the American Revolution, ì continued through the vicious battles of the War of 1812, and ì ended with the Black Hawk War in the 1830s. In vividly depicting ì Clark's life, Jones memorably captures not only the dark and ì bloody ground of America's early West, but also the qualities of ì character and courage that made him an unequalled leader in ì America's grander enterprise: the shaping of the West. No one ì played a larger part in that accomplishment than William ì Clark.
William Clark and the Shaping of the West is an ì unforgettable human story that encompasses in a single life the ì sweep of American history from colonial Virginia to the conquest ì of the West.
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