Ken Burns American Stories

Lewis & Clark: The Journey Of The Corps Of Discove

Season 2, Episode 2 of 10

Meriwether Lewis, a young army officer from Virginia and President Thomas Jefferson's personal secretary, and William Clark, a fellow Virginian and seasoned frontiersman, set out in 1803 on an expedition Jefferson called his Corps of Discovery, to explore the Missouri River and find a passageway to the Pacific Ocean. These programs present the story of this incredible journey, combining readings from the journals kept by Lewis and Clark, contemporary newspaper accounts, letters and oral-tradition stories from various Indian tribes with interviews of scholars, writers and descendants of expedition members. Traveling through the vast, varied and breathtaking land that the expedition traversed, the film introduces viewers to these two famous captains and to the other members of the Corps of Discovery: young army men from Kentucky and New Hampshire; French-Canadian boatmen; an African-American slave; and a Shoshone woman named Sacagawea. Through their eyes, viewers come to appreciate the crucial role this expedition played in taking the United States' initial steps toward becoming a continental nation.

Previously Aired

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11/8/2010
9 p.m.
11/9/2010
2 a.m.
12/3/2010
6 p.m.
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