In Search of York: The Slave who Went to the Pacific with Lewis and Clark

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Colorado Associated University Press, 2000 - History - 204 pages
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First published in 1985, Robert B. Betts' unique account of the sole African American member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition is now back in an updated edition with new material and illustrations. In Search of York removes many of the fallacies surrounding York and pinpoints the important role he played in the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Through painstaking research and the synthesis of all the available information known about York, Betts exposes the impact of racial prejudice on historical interpretation. Neither the hero that a few romantic chroniclers have drawn nor the buffoon of many accounts tainted with racism, Betts' York emerges as a believable human being touching both the heights and depths of the world he lived in.

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The late Robert B. Betts graduated from Harvard and was the author of Along the Ramparts of the Tetons (UPC) and regularly contributed to the Lewis and Clark journal

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