My Name Is York

written by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth

A slave describes the journey he makes with his master Captain William Clark into the uncharted territory of the American West.

"My name is York and I am a slave. I dream of finding freedom." From his perspective comes this somewhat superficial telling of the Lewis and Clark expedition into the American West to find a water passageway to the Pacific Ocean. The illustrations are magnificent oil paintings in rich earth tones that enliven and enrich the text.

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n the afterword it is stated that Captain Clark never did legally grant York his freedom. He did, however, give him a start in a hauling business and permission to move to Kentucky and to marry.