The Donner Party: A Doomed Journey (Milestones in American History)




Author: Tim Mcneese
Type: eBook
Date Released: 2009
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 146
Isbn10 Code: 1604130253
Isbn13 Code: 9781438119809


From School Library Journal Grade 8–10—McNeese presents a thoroughly researched, clearly written account of the ill-fated Donner Party and the events and decisions that conspired against this early wagon train headed from Springfield, IL, to California. Arranged chronologically, the book describes early migration to the western United States, including a brief portrait of the Stevens Party, whose journey was one of the first to reach the Sacramento Valley. Originally traveling with a much larger party, the Reeds and Donners made the decision to separate from the group and take the Hastings Cutoff to save time, despite numerous warnings. What they didn't know was that Lansford Hastings, the man who wrote the guidebook encouraging this route, had never actually taken it himself. In addition to being severely misinformed, the Donner Party also suffered from personality conflicts, violence, a distrust among members, and plain bad luck, which ultimately led to starvation and cannibalism, described here in ghastly detail. Of the 87 members, only 47 survived. Each of the 11 chapters has a brief essay highlighting political or historical events (such as Manifest Destiny and the Mexican American War), placing them in the context of the journey. Photos, reproductions, drawings, and primary-source documents as well as a detailed chronology make this an excellent resource.—Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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