A Promising Life: Coming of Age with America by Emily Arnold McCully

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Read A Promising Life: Coming of Age with America Online Free - For as long as he can remember, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau has been told that a promising future lies ahead of him. After all, his mother is the great Sacagawea, who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition of discovery. And thanks to his mother, Baptiste's life changes forever when Captain Clark offers him an education in the bustling new city of St. Louis.

There, his mother charges him to "learn everything" - reading, writing, languages, mathematics. His life becomes a whirl of new experiences: lessons, duels, dances, elections. He makes friends and undertakes unexpected journeys to far-off places.

But he also witnesses the injustices Clark, as a US agent for Indian Affairs, forces upon the Osage, the Arikara, the Mandan, and so many others. He sees the effect of what some call "progress" on the land and on the people who have lived there for generations. And he must choose what path he will take and what place he will have in a rapidly changing society.

Title : A Promising Life: Coming of Age with America
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ISBN : 0439314453
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Jaina rated it ★★★☆☆

December 09, 2017

This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn. When a copy of A Promising Life showed up on my doorstep a few weeks ago, I was intrigued by the idea of reading a book about Sacagawea's son set during a time period I knew very little about. It wasn't much like what I was expecting, since...

Braxton rated it ★★★★☆

January 15, 2018

NONFICTION Most Americans are familiar with Sacagawea, the Native American guide on the Lewis and Clark expedition, but they're not familiar with her son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau. "A Promising Life" tells his story, how he was taken in as the ward to William Clark in order to get the best educat...

Mary rated it ★★★☆☆

September 22, 2017

Fictional story of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, son of Sakawea. Clark promised to educate him, so his parents left him in St. Louis and went back up river. He went on to graduate from St. Louis Academy, found by Dubourg. (It is eventually SLU.) Only occasionally did Clark send for him to talk. He d...

Pat rated it ★★★☆☆

February 19, 2018

3.5 Stars The life of the little known Baptiste Charbonneau...son of Sakakawea, a Shoshone Indian who had helped the famous explorers Lewis and Clark, and a fur trapper. Clark takes the young Baptiste under his wing and provides his education, but nothing can prepare the young man for a life amon...

Susan rated it ★★★★☆

October 16, 2017

Interesting perspective on someone I knew little about, the son born to Sacajawea during the Lewis and Clark Expedition named Jean Baptiste Charbonneau. Nice bibliography but was disappointed that his life after returning to America was short changed.

Devera rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 17, 2017


Cheryl rated it ★☆☆☆☆

November 02, 2017

I'm only here to offset the five-star rating given this book by family members of the author, who somehow are missing the "Comment" and "Flag" sections.

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