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Beyond Lewis and Clark: The Army Explores the West, by James P. Ronda - Washington State Historical Society

Beyond Lewis and Clark: The Army Explores the West, by James P. Ronda

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Beyond Lewis and Clark: The Army Explores the West, by James P. Ronda

"Beyond Lewis and Clark: The Army Explores the West is a companion volume to the exhibition by the same name, organized by the Washington State Historical Society. With stops at the Virginia, Washington, Kansas, and Missouri Historical Societies, Beyond Lewis and Clark, the exhibition, is one of the most ambitious interpretive projects of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.

Written by James Ronda - one of the preeminent Lewis and Clark scholars, H. G. Barnard Chair in Western History at the University of Tulsa, and former president of the Western History Association - Beyond Lewis and Clark, the book, offers a corrective vision of the history of the expedition. The nearly exclusive attention paid to Lewis and Clark of late has cast the broader pattern of army exploration in the West into obscurity. In this volume Ronda places Lewis and Clark within the larger perspective of Enlightenment-era science and empire-building and establishes how the Jeffersonian model of exploration endured to varying degrees via other army expeditions."


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