American Slave, American Hero: York of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

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Boyds Mills Press, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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The little-known life of York, the African American slave owned by William Clark, and his contributions to the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition are examined in this carefully crafted Society of School Librarians International Honor Book. Award-winning author Laurence Pringle gives an accurate account of York's life--before, during, and after the expedition. Using quotations from the expedition's journals, he tells how York's skills, strength, and intelligence helped in the day-to-day challenges of the journey. Artists Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu consulted with a Lewis and Clark expert to create thoroughly researched and stunning watercolor paintings of York's life.

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User Review  - ranaemathias - LibraryThing

This picture book was an informative way to learn more about a lesser-known individual on the Corps of Discovery- otherwise known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition. York, the slave of William Clark ... Read full review

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User Review  - landa69 - LibraryThing

This book was interesting because it was an important time in history the Lewis and Clark Expedition. During the expedition thier was and important man named York who was a black slave and somewhat a ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Laurence Pringle is the recipient of three major awards for his body of writing--the Eva L. Gordon Award for Children's Science Literature, the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He lives in West Nyack, New York.

Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu have illustrated many books, including An Angel Just Like Me, Snow in Jerusalem, Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree, and Jewels. They live in New York City.

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