Desperate Passage: The Donner Party’s Perilous Journey West

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Oxford University Press #ad - But until now, what it tells us about human nature and about America's westward expansion, the full story of what happened, remained shrouded in myth. Drawing on fresh archaeological evidence, a little girl who shines with courage, ethan rarick offers an intimate portrait of the Donner party and their unimaginable ordeal: a mother who must divide her family, a devoted wife who refuses to abandon her husband, recent research on topics ranging from survival rates to snowfall totals, and heartbreaking letters and diaries made public by descendants a century-and-a-half after the tragedy, a man who risks his life merely to keep his word.

But rarick resists both the gruesomely sensationalist accounts of the Donner party as well as later attempts to turn the survivors into archetypal pioneer heroes. After months of grueling travel, the 81 men, women and children would be trapped for a brutal winter with little food and only primitive shelter.

Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West #ad - The donner party, " rarick writes, "is a story of hard decisions that were neither heroic nor villainous. In late october 1846, the last wagon train of that year's westward migration stopped overnight before resuming its arduous climb over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, unaware that a fearsome storm was gathering force.

The conclusion is known: by spring of the next year, the Donner Party was synonymous with the most harrowing extremes of human survival. Often, the emigrants displayed a more realistic and typically human mixture of generosity and selfishness, an alloy born of necessity. A fast-paced, heart-wrenching, clear-eyed narrative history, A Desperate Hope casts new light on one of America's most horrific encounters between the dream of a better life and the harsh realities such dreams so often must confront.

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Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party

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Mariner Books #ad - Schlesinger Jr. Incorporating the diaries of the survivors and other contemporary documents, George Stewart wrote the definitive history of that ill-fated band of pioneers; an astonishing account of what human beings may endure and achieve in the final press of circumstance. Compulsive reading—a wonderful account, both scholarly and gripping, of a horrifying episode in the history of the west.

Arthur M. The tragedy of the donner party constitutes one of the most amazing stories of the American West. After struggling across the desert, and nearly dying of thirst, losing many oxen, they reached the very summit of the Sierras, only to be trapped by blinding snow and bitter storms. Many perished; some survived by resorting to cannibalism; all were subjected to unbearable suffering.

Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party #ad - In 1846 eighty-seven people—men, and children—set out for California, women, persuaded to attempt a new overland route.

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The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny

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Liveright #ad - The result is a “fascinating, horrifying, and inspiring” Oklahoman examination of the darkest side of Manifest Destiny. With the best land under heaven, wallis has penned what critics agree is “destined to become the standard account” Washington Post of the notorious saga. Interweaving information from hundreds of newly uncovered documents, Wallis illuminates how a combination of greed and recklessness led to one of America’s most calamitous and sensationalized catastrophes.

But in eagerly pursuing what would a century later become known as the "American dream, " this optimistic-yet-motley crew of emigrants was met with a chilling nightmare; in the following months, their jingoistic excitement would be replaced by desperate cries for help that would fall silent in the deadly snow-covered mountains of the Sierra Nevada.

The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny #ad - We know these early pioneers as the Donner Party, a name that has elicited horror since the late 1840s. Longlisted for the andrew carnegie medal for excellenceFinalist for the Oklahoma Book AwardA Publishers Weekly Holiday Guide History Pick“A book so gripping it can scarcely be put down. Superb. New york times book review"westward ho! for oregon and california!"in the eerily warm spring of 1846, George Donner placed this advertisement in a local newspaper as he and a restless caravan prepared for what they hoped would be the most rewarding journey of a lifetime.

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The Destruction of the Bison: An Environmental History, 1750-1920 Studies in Environment and History

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Cambridge University Press #ad - In this wide-ranging, interdisciplinary study, Andrew C. Together with environmental pressures these hunters nearly extinguished the bison. Cultural and ecological interactions created new types of bison hunters on both sides of the encounter: mounted Indian nomads and Euroamerican industrial hidemen. The destruction of the bison, first published in 2000, explains the decline of the North American bison population from an estimated 30 million in 1800 to fewer than a thousand a century later.

Isenberg argues that the cultural and ecological encounter between Native Americans and Euroamericans in the Great Plains was the central cause of the near-extinction of the bison. In the early twentieth century, ironically, nostalgia about the very cultural strife which first threatened the bison became, an important impetus to its preservation.

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The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party

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William Morrow #ad - Following every painful footstep of Sarah’s journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative. Seven months later, after joining a party of pioneers led by George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them.

From the #1 bestselling author of the boys in the Boat comes an unforgettable epic of family, tragedy, and survival on the American frontier“An ideal pairing of talent and material. Engrossing. A deft and ambitious storyteller. Mary roach, set out west from illinois with her new husband, her parents, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Graves, New York Times Book ReviewIn April of 1846, intent on a better future, and eight siblings.

The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party #ad - . In early december, sarah and fourteen others set out for California on snowshoes, over the next thirty-two days, and, starving and desperate, endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors. In this gripping narrative, new york Times bestselling author Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most legendary events in American history.

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Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett's Last Stand and Other Mysteries of the Texas Revolution New Narratives in American History

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Oxford University Press #ad - Crisp draws back the curtain on years of mythmaking to reveal some surprising truths about the Texas Revolution--truths often obscured by both racism and "political correctness, " as history has been hijacked by combatants in the culture wars of the past two centuries. Beginning with a very personal prologue recalling both the pride and the prejudices that he encountered in the Texas of his youth, censored, Crisp traces his path to the discovery of documents distorted, and ignored--documents which reveal long-silenced voices from the Texan past.

In each of four chapters focusing on specific documentary "finds, " Crisp uncovers the clues that led to these archival discoveries. In his afterword, crisp explores the evidence behind the mythic "Yellow Rose of Texas" and examines some of the powerful forces at work in silencing the very voices from the past that we most need to hear today.

Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett's Last Stand and Other Mysteries of the Texas Revolution New Narratives in American History #ad - Here then is an engaging first-person account of historical detective work, illuminating the methods of the serious historian--and the motives of those who prefer glorious myth to unflattering truth. Along the way, the cast of characters expands to include: a prominent historian who tried to walk away from his first book; an unlikely teenaged "speechwriter" for General Sam Houston; three eyewitnesses to the death of Davy Crockett at the Alamo; a desperate inmate of Mexico City's Inquisition Prison, whose scribbled memoir of the war in Texas is now listed in the Guiness Book of World Records; and the stealthy slasher of the most famous historical painting in Texas.

In sleuthing the Alamo, historian James E.

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Celia, a Slave

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University of Georgia Press #ad - Mclaurin uses celia's story to reveal the tensions that strained the fabric of antebellum southern society. When newsom refused, celia one night struck him fatally with a club and disposed of his body in her fireplace. Her act quickly discovered, Celia was brought to trial. Celia was found guilty and hanged.

Melton A. Nevertheless, the court upheld the tenets of a white social order that wielded almost total control over the lives of slaves. Over the next five years, celia bore Newsom two children; meanwhile, she became involved with a slave named George and resolved at his insistence to end the relationship with her master.

Celia, a Slave #ad - Mclaurin focuses sharply on the role of gender, the conditions that often prevented white women from stopping such abuse, exploring the degree to which female slaves were sexually exploited, and the inability of male slaves to defend slave women. By granting slaves certain statutory rights which were usually rendered meaningless by the customary prerogatives of masters, southerners could argue that they observed moral restraint in the operations of their peculiar institution.

An important addition to our understanding of the pre-Civil War era, Celia, A Slave is also an intensely compelling narrative of one woman pushed beyond the limits of her endurance by a system that denied her humanity at the most basic level. Celia's case demonstrates how one master's abuse of power over a single slave forced whites to make moral decisions about the nature of slavery.

After purchasing celia in a neighboring county, Newsom raped her on the journey back to his farm. She received a surprisingly vigorous defense from her court-appointed attorneys, who built their case on a state law allowing women the use of deadly force to defend their honor.

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Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi Penguin Library of American Indian History

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Penguin Books #ad - Almost a thousand years ago, a city flourished along the Mississippi River near what is now St. Louis. Built around a sprawling central plaza and known as Cahokia, feasts big enough to feed thousands, the site has drawn the attention of generations of archaeologists, whose work produced evidence of complex celestial timepieces, and disturbing signs of human sacrifice.

Drawing on these fascinating finds, Cahokia presents a lively and astonishing narrative of prehistoric America. The fascinating story of a lost city and an unprecedented american civilization While Mayan and Aztec civilizations are widely known and documented, relatively few people are familiar with the largest prehistoric Native American city north of Mexico-a site that expert Timothy Pauketat brings vividly to life in this groundbreaking book.

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The Donner Party: The Tragic Story of the Wild West's Most Notorious Journey

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Charles River Editors #ad - I dont that she has done so yet, it is distressing. All the while, even before the surviving members were rescued and brought to safety, the plight of the Donner Party made news across the nation, and by the time the doomed expedition was over, less than 50 of them made it to California. As a few able-bodied people went for help, the people who remained back in their wagons resorted to the most desperate of measures in attempts to either stay alive or keep their children alive.

Includes pictures*includes accounts and diary entries made by participants about the journey*Includes a bibliography for further reading*Includes a table of contents"Like fated trains of other epochs whose privations, sufferings, that party began its journey with song of hope, and self-sacrifices have added renown to colonization movements and served as danger signals to later wayfarers, and within the first milestone of the promised land ended it with a prayer for help.

The Donner Party: The Tragic Story of the Wild West's Most Notorious Journey #ad - Most of the men who set out to try to get help died en route, while the families back in camp tried to cope with dozens of deaths suffered by young and old alike. Eat him. Even in the 21st century, including bitter weather, it’s easy for people with modern transportation to comfortably reminisce about the West, and hostile Native Americans, because many pioneers discovered that the traveling was fraught with various kinds of obstacles and danger, even romantically, Americans look back on the era fondly, potentially deadly illnesses, and millions are familiar with the popular game that reignited interest in the Oregon TrailOf course, not to mention an unforgiving landscape that famous American explorer Stephen Long deemed “unfit for human habitation.

19th century americans were all too happy and eager for the transcontinental railroad to help speed their passage west and render overland paths obsolete. One of the main reasons people yearned for new forms of transportation is because of the most notorious and tragic disasters in the history of westward travel.

As writer ethan rarick summed it up, “more than the gleaming heroism or sullied villainy, the Donner Party is a story of hard decisions that were neither heroic nor villainous".

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The Missile Next Door

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Harvard University Press #ad - Nuclear strategy out of view. As rural civilians of all political stripes found themselves living in the Soviet crosshairs, a proud Plains individualism gave way to an economic dependence on the military-industrial complex that still persists today. In the 1960s the air force buried 1, 000 ICBMs in pastures across the Great Plains to keep U.

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Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

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Vintage #ad - In this landmark work of history and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Joseph J. Through an analysis of six fascinating episodes—hamilton and burr’s deadly duel, adams’ administration and political partnership with his wife, Washington’s precedent-setting Farewell Address, Franklin’s attempt to force Congress to confront the issue of slavery and Madison’s attempts to block him, the debate about where to place the capital, and Jefferson and Adams’ famous correspondence—Founding Brothers brings to life the vital issues and personalities from the most important decade in our nation’s history.

Ellis explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed individuals—Hamilton, Adams, Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Burr, and Madison—confronted the overwhelming challenges before them to set the course for our nation. The united states was more a fragile hope than a reality in 1790 During the decade that followed, the founding fathers—re-examined here as Founding Brothers—combined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the content of the Constitution to create the practical workings of our government.

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