The journey of York the unsung hero of the Lewis and Clark expedition

by Davis, Hasan.

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Thomas Jefferson's Corps of Discovery included Captains Lewis and Clark and a crew of 28 men to chart a route from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean. All the crew but one volunteered for the mission. York, the enslaved man taken on the journey, did not choose to go. Slaves did not have choices. York's contributions to the expedition, however, were invaluable. The captains came to rely on York's judgement, determination, and peacemaking role with the American Indian nations they encountered. But as York's independence and status rose on the journey, the question remained what status he would carry once the expedition was over. This is his story.
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Booklist Review: "York, a man enslaved by Captain William Clark, was the only African American member of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Davis describes this storied journey from York's point of view, letting him tell about encounters with Indians who had never seen a black man, his vow to keep Sacajawea and her son alive at any cost, and a harsh snowstorm in the mountains. In one memorable scene, York describes a decision in which his vote is counted along with those of white men. The text is somewhat long for a picture book but full of interesting details. Harris contributes a series of well-composed tableaux, portraying each character with dignity while featuring a variety of American landscapes. A picture book spotlighting York is welcome, and his portrayal here is respectful and sympathetic, though the first-person narrative rests on somewhat shaky ground between fact and fiction. The appended author's note offers further information, but no sources. Still, this picture book provides a colorful introduction to York, a unique figure in American history.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Encounter (Capstone Press)
Subjects York, approximately 1775-approximately 1815 Juvenile literature
African American explorers Biography Juvenile literature
Explorers Biography Juvenile literature
African Americans Relations with Indians Juvenile literature
Biography & Autobiography
Juvenile Nonfiction
West (U.S.) Discovery and exploration Juvenile literature.
Electronic books.
approximately 1775-approximately 1815
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Capstone,2020
Other Titles Unsung hero of the Lewis and Clark expedition
Contributors Harris, Alleanna, illustrator.
OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: OverDrive Read
Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9781684461639
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