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By Wallace G. Lewis

Although it used to be 1806 whilst Lewis and Clark lower back to St. Louis after their trip around the kingdom, it was once now not till 1905 that they have been celebrated as nationwide heroes. In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark examines how public attitudes towards their explorations and the technique of commemorating them have replaced, from the construction of the Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1905 to the institution of the Lewis and Clark nationwide historical path in 1978 and the celebrations of the expedition's bicentennial from 2003 via 2007.

The first major stirrings of nationwide public curiosity in Lewis and Clark coincided with the start of a national fascination with transcontinental vehicle traveling. american citizens started to reconnect with the prior and have interaction with the heritage of Western growth via changing into a brand new breed of "frontier explorer" through their vehicles. accordingly, early emphasis on neighborhood plaques and monuments yielded to pageants, reenactments, and, finally, makes an attempt to retrace the direction, selling conservation and game alongside its length.

Wallace G. Lewis information the ingenuity that encouraged the institution of the Lewis and Clark nationwide ancient path, beginning a window to how the USA reimagines, recreates, and recalls its personal previous. In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark will attract either scholarly and armchair historians attracted to the Western frontier as skilled via either Lewis and Clark and people retracing their steps today.

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