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Diary of John Wesley Powell : conquering the Grand Canyon
Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902.
Publication Information:
New York : Benchmark Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
96 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 24 cm.
Presents the diary of the Civil War veteran who led an expedition down the Colorado River to explore the depths of the Grand Canyon.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.9 2.0 47688.
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F788 .P886 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
F788 .P886 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
F788 .P886 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
F788 .P886 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Many towering figures are credited with shaping the course of American history. For each of these celebrated lives, there were countless others -- writing the real story of America. In My Own Words introduces young readers to these lesser-known Americans and their stories. This exciting series reveals the tales of four ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances through their personal writings. Readers will be amused by the sly Yankee humor that Revolutionary War soldier Joseph Plumb Martin brings to his stirring account of the war for independence. The thrilling writings of John Wesley Powell -- the first white man to explore the Grand Canyon -- allow readers to sense the profound awe Powell and his crew felt discovering the Canyon's natural wonders, as well as the dangers and hardships they faced daily.

Author Notes

Powell was born in western New York. His family later moved to Ohio and then to Wisconsin, where he began his adult life as a teacher. For about nine years, he taught and took time to study at colleges in Ohio and Illinois. When the Civil War began, he enlisted and quickly rose to the rank of major, laying out roads and designing bridges. Powell was wounded at the Battle of Shiloh and lost his right arm. Because of these events, for the remainder of his life he was referred to as Major Powell or One-arm Powell. After the war, he organized several expeditions down the Colorado River, which heretofore had not come under scientific study. It was during these trips and others that he formulated the concept of base level and antecedent streams. Although his ideas and observations are noteworthy, Powell was not a prolific writer, and his writings were not scholarly in style. Powell became the president of the U.S. Geological Survey, a position from which he lobbied congressmen and senators for funding for topographic mapping and technical reports. He was a strong proponent of developing the American West on a sound and realistic foundation. Powell died in Maine during the summer of 1902. (Bowker Author Biography)