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The Role of York in the Lewis and Clark Expedition

In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson authorized Meriwether Lewis and William Clark explore the rugged American interior. A black man named York was part of that fabled voyage. Producer Roy Hurst talked with Bob Archibald, president of the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis, about York's role on the expedition and his interactions with the Native Americans he encountered.



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