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Dayton Duncan

Dayton Duncan, the author of five books about the West, is the writer and co-producer of Ken Burns’s film, Lewis & Clark: The Journey of Discovery , to be broadcast by PBS at 8:00 P.M. EST on November 4 and 5. Alfred A. Knopf is publishing a companion book of the same name, written by Duncan and Burns, from which this essay is excerpted.

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AFTER THREE TIMES traveling the trail they blazed, the author imagines what the two captains of Jefferson’s Corps of Discovery would make of the civilization we have built on the tremendous promise they offered