Author John C. Jackson will discuss the subject of his latest book – Capt. John McClallen – in a program Thursday, June 23, a 7 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Jackson wrote about McClallen, the first U.S. Army officer to lead an expedition into the American West on the heels of Lewis and Clark, in his book “By Honor and Right: How One Man Boldly Defined the Destiny of a Nation.”
Originally intent on opening up the Sante Fe Trail to New Mexico, McClallen encountered obstructions beyond his control. Instead he entered the Pacific Northwest and went head-to-head with British interests in the region where he became a potent symbol of “Manifest Destiny” 38 years before the term came into use.
Jackson, a resident of Olympia, Wash.,is the author of five books on the history of the Pacific Northwest, including “The Piikani Blackfeet: A Culture Under Siege” and “Jemmy Jock Bird: Marginal Man on the Blackfoot Frontier.” He is the coauthor with Thomas Danisi of the biography “Meriwether Lewis.”
Jacksonprogram is part of the library’s summer series for adults, “Novel Destinations.”
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