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Lewis and Clark: Across the Divide Paperback – Bargain Price, August 15, 2004
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Unfortunately, as with many Lewis and Clark books, the text (witten by Carolyn Gilman)is marred by political correctness.
For example, one whole chapter is devoted to the role of women in the tribal society versus the roles of women in post-colonial society. Why this is relevant to the Lewis and Clark expedition escapes me. But then, I am a man, so I am likely too stupid to understand this. Ms. Gilman calls the biblical creation account in Genesis the "Euro-American" creation story. No Carolyn, the biblical creation story arose in Mesopotamia about 4000 years ago.Read more ›
The editor's own biase is glaring. She seems overly critical of the exporers of the time as viewed for a Twenty-First century female air conditioned East Coast office. The explorers are repeatedly critized while the Natives are glamorized and their culture elevated. The explorers are not Cultural Anthropologists and they did an amazing task with limited resources and education, both of which are held in abundance by the editor.
Other than the accademic viewpoint it is a very interesting read and I learned a lot.
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My my, all the fits about this book - it is "PC,' or it is revisionist, what ever that means. In all, this is a good book which attempts to be balanced and soothe all the... Read morePublished on February 17, 2004
This is an outstanding book: lucidly written, well-reasoned, soundly researched, and visually appealing. Read morePublished on January 11, 2004 by Myron Marty