Turning West, Historians Take a Wider View of Early America

Aquatint by Karl Bodmer, © Historical Picture Archive, Corbis

The Mandans, 
a trading and farming people, lived at the confluence of the Missouri and Heart rivers.
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Elizabeth Fenn often gets the question: "What do you work on?" Her reply evokes quizzical looks: "Late medieval and early modern North Dakota."

Ms. Fenn studies the Mandan Indians, a people known mainly because Lewis and Clark wintered among them in...

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