Documentary Editing, Association for


Date of this Version

Winter 2005

Document Type



Documentary Editing, Volume 27, Number 4, Winter 2005. ISSN 0196-7134


2005 © the Association for Documentary Editing. Used by permission.


Gary Moulton writes, "few events in American history are more alive today" than the Lewis and Clark expedition (x). Two hundred years after Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, along with their crew, embarked upon a unique and uncertain journey into the American West, numerous popular and scholarly histories continue to interpret and reinterpret the journey's purpose, meaning, and ultimate impact. Moulton has been closely involved in creating an accurate account of that historical journey, first as an editor of the thirteen-volume work The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and more recently as editor of its one-volume abridgement, The Lewis and Clark Journals: An American Epic of Discovery.