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By His Own Hand? The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis [Paperback]
By His Own Hand? The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis [Paperback]
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For two centuries the question has persisted: Was Meriwether Lewis’s death a suicide, an accident, or a homicide? By His Own Hand? is the first book to carefully analyze the evidence and consider the murder-versus-suicide debate within its full historical context.

The historian contributors to this volume follow the format of a post-mortem court trial. Clay S. Jenkinson outlines the facts and describes the evidentiary problems. James J. Holmberg makes the case for suicide. John D.W. Guice dissects the suicide argument, showing how the same scant evidence, when examined from a different perspective, suggests that Lewis was murdered. Jay H. Buckley assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the pro-suicide and pro-murder arguments. A documents section permits readers to examine the key written evidence for themselves and reach their own conclusions.

"This well-written study attempts to throw light on what has been the dark shadow of the otherwise dazzling success of the Corps of Discovery. Highly recommended." --LIBRARY JOURNAL

JOHN D.W. GUICE is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Southern Mississippi. JAMES J. HOLMBERG is Curator of Special Collections for the Filson Historical Society. JAY H. BUCKLEY is Assistant Professor of History at Brigham Young University. CLAY S. JENKINSON is the author of The Character of Meriwether Lewis. ELLIOTT WEST is Professor of History at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.