Unfortunate Emigrants: Narratives of the Donner Party

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Kristin Johnson
Utah State University Press, 1996 - History - 317 pages
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both human weakness and the forces of nature played a role. The story has been told many times and in many ways over the past 150 years until it has become something of an icon in American culture. On the other hand, professional historians have generally dealt with the subject only in the context of works on larger aspects of the westward movement. In the broader historical perspective, the disaster is of minor significance - it had little effect on subsequent events.

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The tragedy of the Donner Party is a well-known event in the history of the West. The story of the California-bound settlers who became trapped in the snows of the Sierra Nevadas and were reduced to ... Read full review


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