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Why Sacagawea Deserves the Day Off and Other Lessons from the Lewis and Clark Trail

Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs


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More than two hundred years later, the “voyage of discovery”—with its outsized characters, geographic marvels, and wondrous moments of adventure and mystery—continues to draw us along the Lewis and Clark Trail. Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs first fell under the trail’s spell at sixteen and has been following in Lewis and Clark’s path ever since. In essays historical and personal, she revisits the Lewis and Clark Trail and its famous people, landmarks, and events, exploring questions the expedition continues to raise, such as, What really motivated Thomas Jefferson to send out his agents of discovery? What “mutinous expressions” were uttered? What happened to the dog? Why did Meriwether Lewis end his own life? In the resulting trip through history, Tubbs recounts her travels along the trail by foot, Volkswagen bus, and canoe—at every turn renewing the American experience inscribed by Lewis and Clark.

Praise For Why Sacagawea Deserves the Day Off and Other Lessons from the Lewis and Clark Trail

“For Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs, the Lewis and Clark expedition is not just a historical story; it’s personal, too, intertwined with her father’s and family’s lives. In this book, she brings her own experiences on the trail—and especially her own passions and insights—to bear on the Corps of Discovery. Reading it is like having a lively conversation across an open campfire.”—Dayton Duncan, author of Out West: A Journey through Lewis and Clark’s America

“Lively, engaging, and well informed, here is the guide through the journals of Lewis and Clark and along the trail with the Corps of Discovery that will keep you laughing, arguing, and pondering. Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs provides delightful insights for her readers on this journey.”—Clyde A. Milner II, editor of A New Significance: Re-envisioning the History of the American West and co-editor of The Oxford History of the American West

"For Lewis and Clark aficionados, this little volume should find a place on their bookshelves."—Publishers Weekly

"A candid and enlightening assessment of the landmark Corps of Discovery."—Deborah Donovan, Booklist

"Her diagnosis of Meriwether Lewis's odd behavior as Asperger's syndrome, her calling for a nationwide de-idolization of Sacagawea, and her bold detailing of the "near pitfalls" and "oversights" along the way from both her family's treks as well as those on the original journey makes a new book in the pantheon of titles about this subject worth reading."—Frank X. Walker, Big Muddy

"This book is for everyone who loves Lewis and Clark."—Patricia Ann Owens, South Dakota History

Bison Books, 9780803215856, 144pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2008

About the Author

Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs serves on the board of directors for the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Foundation, the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, and the American Prairie Foundation. She is the coauthor of The Lewis and Clark Companion: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Voyage of Discovery.