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York's Adventures with Lewis and Clark: An African-American's Part in the Great Expedition

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Did you know that an African-American man participated in Lewis and Clark's famous expedition? Working alongside free men, Clark's slave York played an important role in the journey's success.

This award-winning book draws on extensive research to give a gripping and insightful account of York's significant contribution to this landmark historical event.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Collins (first published December 23rd 2003)
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Jessica LeBaron

York's Adventures with Lewis and Clark: An African-American's Part in the Great Expedition
Rhoda Blumberg

York’s Adventures with Lewis and Clark by Rhonda Blumberg is about Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s Great Expedition in the 1800’s. The book details the Expedition of Lewis and Clark through the eyes of an African American boy and slave to Clark named York. Through the eyes of York, the reader learns new information that is not necessarily covered in history classrooms in schools. York bec
Hayle Lincoln
This was an interesting book for sure! I really did enjoy it though! It was a great non-fiction book! It had many cool and interesting facts throughout the book as well. I would use this in my classroom if I ever have to add a lesson about Lewis and Clark, if I have that subject in my curriculum I will definitely use this book. Interesting pictures to go alone with the words as well which made the book jump out even more to me. As the sayings go “a picture is worth a thousand years”. Overall thi ...more
Kayla Spohr
This Story is about York and the Lewis and Clark and is told in two stories. The story of Lewis and Clark is well known, but York’s story is about an enslaved man on the journey with his master, William Clark. This is not a popular story that many people do not know. York was promised land and freedom for going on this excursion, but he returned from this journey though, still a slave. York did not receive the double pay and 320 acres of land each enlisted man received and was not even included ...more
Taylor Destito

Lewis and Clark’s explorations on the Oregon Trail have always been of interest to me because the trail went through Walla Walla, which is where my dad grew up. For this reason, my grandma would always talk about the Oregon Trail to us and we would visit many museums dedicated to it. York’s Adventures with Lewis and Clark by Rhonda Blumberg presents an interesting perspective on it. The book is about York, who is Clark’s slave and makes the journey with him. The book has interesting details that

Miranda Jones
Most people don't know of the man named York who joined Lewis and Clark on their adventures. This is because he was Clark's slave. There was much dispute about a slave going on this voyage but Clark had argued that York would be the best addition to his team because of his bravery and strength. York was more than just Clark's slave; he was his bodyguard and his friend. This book was a good nonfiction book in that is was full of factual language that helps give the readers and idea about what Lew ...more
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Blumberg, R. (2004). York’s adventures with Lewis and Clark: An African-American part in the Great Expedition. New York: Harper Collins.

York, an African-American “body servant” to William Clark, was an important part of the Lewis and Clark expedition from 1804-1806.
Note: although the content was impressive, the presentation of the information was not.

Horn Book Guide 10/1/2004
Library Journal 2/15/2004
School Library Journal 2/1/2004
Horn Book Magazine 1/1/2004
Booklist 12/1
Amy Rachuba
Orbis Pictus Award Winner in 2005. Provides excellent additional details on the part York played in the expedition. Very open with where we are currently lacking in any historical data with York's story, and encouraging for future historians.
The booked filled in a personal blank of American history detail. It is helpful, though distressing, to understand White American's views about American Natives and Blacks at that time. A good companion book is Rhonda Blumberg's "The Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark". The Author honors the memories of York and Sacagawea with her research and writing.
Age Range: 8 and up
Grade Level: 4 and up
This book makes an excellent supplement to the story of the Great Expedition. Learning about the mysteries surrounding York and his positive role in the expedition was very intriguing. I can definitely see how this can be used in a social studies or history class.
What a great story about Clark's slave, York, who accompanied him on their expedition to the west. It is so unfortunate that he had such a great hand in the expedition being so successful, yet he has been forgotten, just because he was a black slave.
Kelli Shoemake
Wonderful book showing the impact of African-Americans throughout history which are often left out of history books!
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Rhoda Blumberg has written about the opening of Japan (1853-1854) in Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun, a Newbery Honor Book, which also won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and the Golden Kite Award. Her acclaimed histories also include The Incredible Journey of Lewis & Clark, The Great American Gold Rush, and The Remarkable Voyages of Captain Cook, all ALA Notable Books. She is the w ...more
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