Lewis & Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
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Like other Ken Burns films, it is long. However, like other Ken Burns films, it encouraged me to take my time. I watched the 4 hours one segment at a time in the evenings with dinner over the course of almost two weeks. And what a viewing!
I never knew that the Lewis and Clark expedition was a military expedition. I never knew that Lewis and Clark where military officers and that they took a platoon of soldiers with them. I never knew that they took plant and animal samples, including sending a live ground hog back to Thomas Jefferson.
I never knew that the expedition was called the Core of Discovery or that these two incredible military officers took so many soldiers such an incredible distance over the course of years and lost only one, who was lost to a disease that most likely no one could have cured at the time. I never knew that they drew the first map of most of the United States, using only dead reconning and were accurate to withing 40 miles of the actual distance despite their primative instruments and a distance of some 4,000 miles! I never knew these men were so incredible. And, I never knew that Merriweather Lewis was so incredibly depressed that he died, "I'm sorry to say," by suicide.
This film is so personal, I felt the tears that the historian on the film displayed when he told of Lewis' death. He died more than a century before my birth and yet, by the time I was finished with the film, I felt pain for his death, anger at York's difficulty gaing his freedom and sadness at the passing of the Shoshone Indian lady guide Sakajeya.Read more ›
As stated of the Corps of Discovery in the movie's Introduction, "They were beginning the most important expedition in American History, the United States' first official exploration into unknown spaces, and a glimpse into the future of their young nation. They would become the first United States citizens to experience the Great Plains, the immensity of its skies, the rich splendor of its wildlife, the harsh rigor of its winters. They would be the first United States citizens to see the daunting peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the first to struggle over them, the first to cross the Continental Divide -- to where the rivers flow west. And after encountering cold, hunger, danger, and wonders beyond belief, they would become the first of their nation to reach the Pacific Ocean by land. It would be the greatest adventure of their lives. . . It's a great story.Read more ›
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If you ever want to learn about Lewis and Clark's absolutely intriguing journey across the western US, this book is a must read. Read morePublished 3 days ago by deb t
This is an excellent program, as you would expect from Ken Burns & PBSPublished 4 days ago by E. Scott Ulm
I went on the journey with the Corps of Discovery twice so far. And I will repeat this experience anytime soon. It's really taking you away and along this fantastic trail.Published 5 days ago by Grünenberg, Reginald
Very well done. Including Ambrose, Rhoda, and other historians makes this such a beneficial documentary.Published 1 month ago by Dennis D. Engbrecht
In this documentary, they make an interesting comparison to Neal Armstrong's walk on the Moon - - Lewis & Clark did not know where they were going, or how they were going to get... Read morePublished 2 months ago by CB
Another great program that you can watch a number of times. Well done.Published 2 months ago by Cae