The Legacy and Lessons of Lewis & Clark

The Legacy and Lessons of Lewis & Clark is a series of segments, produced by veteran producer, Jyl Hoyt, with support from SUNY Professor of History, Ron Bernthal. The first segment is entitled, “The River Brought Them.” In it, President Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the new lands of the Louisiana Purchase, find the headwaters of the Missouri River and hopefully a waterway to the Pacific. In many ways, the expedition marked the beginning of the America we know today. But if Native tribes hadn't helped them, Lewis and Clark never would have made it. ”Lewis & Clark in Indian Country” examines the role that the Native Peoples played. The late historian Stephen E. Ambrose chastised Lewis and Clark for not giving credit to the many tribes who helped them on their journey. Today, many Indians still resent the explorers and the exploitation that followed them.

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