Story Time with Cokie Roberts: Sacagawea

ABC News' Cokie Roberts reads part of her new book, 'Ladies of Liberty,' to kids at St. Ignatius Loyola School in New York.
7:08 | 12/19/16

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The equity thank you hear the book that's. Goes so on the cover you know businesses right on the cover. Back at Joliet. And second to Rea has a baby on that issue can see because right before. They laugh to go wherever they go when she got away. Lewis and Clark and where did they go to you now. Go ahead. We well they didn't get that far ahead. That's rev a the first white people to explored. And get to the Pacific Ocean. And the publisher wanted this picture on the cover because they thought the baby was so cute my. Actually plotted this picture of America. Because it shows her pointing the way. Am why many interesting things about second to Maria. Is that she why is very important on me. Expedition. And he had to do the whole thing just like amended. With the baby on her back. And she was probably only about fifteen years and the baby was born right before they left on this long long journey. Where they had to walk and take vote. But at the end they knew they needed horses to get across the mountain's and her. Her tribe of native Americans the show Shoney's had the horses. And so when they set out. She. Was with them and helping them thigh and beyond reason and vegetables things to eat and they like that a lot. And then. Not I'll read this by not long after the expedition began a storm came up. And swamped a boat with all the provisions for the trip. Factor Rea who's Lewis said showed equal fortitude with the man. Retrieved many of the items that washed overboard and saved him. A few days later the great men named better and what is now Montana. This package and we are ripper. And so as they were an item. In the part of Milan where initiation and she discovered that her brother had become chief. And says she was able to. Convince them. He should switch give them some courses and exchange and at the voices kept calling all the way across the Rocky Mountains. The list. That they didn't add all the way to the Pacific. And got in what we now our. And then the man gonna go to see that thing and she said it is not. I have come all this way would you. I should be in the season my orders to. And so. They said okay you and when they got there they. Some disease in native Americans they have never met a fourth. One was my and then otters and row and haven't otters are now. So. And I'm Clark said it was more beautiful than any her eyes and rips me Clark read journal. The men tried to bargain for the fair they wanted to. But the owner would not accept anything until he was offered sack until we as belt and blue beads. Poor bird woman in Cobb had to give up a beautiful belt an awfully gotten returns with him wouldn't cloth coat. So it wasn't really fair and at the end of the expedition. Aaron Clark said. That she was of great service to me as a means she had shown him away. And and that she deserved a greater reward. If she's written think of her reward was. Where all of the work she did. But Clark did. How educators. And he grew up with Clark and though many languages and became very famous. But she won things that surprises me about this story is that even though isn't art wonderful journals. And write down everything shoes buried in treaties and everything. And it about how important she lives on the and it was create an age old. She became more and more important to them. It. Even name. Then lost. And people she wasn't really that he. But impact everything I. I know from Lewis and and they thought it was very. So I think it's it's it's one of the reasons that I liked to tell these stories. Because sometimes. People who had just lost. And hundreds of years that come later and another person that was two. Is this from Lucy teary and who I have never heard and you guys heard of or anyone is now I'll do whatever I app now. And chain link it can have composed the first African American talent. And I thank composed instead of written. Because that wasn't written was spoken which was true about poetry. For hundreds of years. The Iliad the Odyssey those famous books weren't opened fire. Thousands of years before they were written them. And so that was true of her Powell and that she was. Formally insulating. And she. It's became this very important person. In New England back and me. Team in the seventeen hundreds. And when she got I didn't newspapers. Wrote about her and said. And this remarkable woman that was an assemblage of qualities. Rarely to be found in mind there's sex so they weren't nice about women in general but they were nice about her. And it was eerie and very unusual. Elements appear in newspapers at all. In the eighteenth century and origin V diet and millions waves. Was really. Unheard. And so she must have been. Very special indeed and every one knew about it the time. We've lost. Our memory of her. And so I thought it was important to bring it back.

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