The Expedition of the Donner Party and Its Tragic Fate

The Expedition of the Donner Party and Its Tragic Fate

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by Eliza P. Donner Houghton
     
 

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George and Tamsen Donner and their children, among the very first to leave from Illinois, joined emigrants headed to California in the spring of 1846. Beyond Fort Bridger, Captain Donner led a large party through a much-advertised shortcut. Delays and difficulties caused them to be snowbound in the High Sierras, facing the grim specter of starvation and extreme…  See more details below

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George and Tamsen Donner and their children, among the very first to leave from Illinois, joined emigrants headed to California in the spring of 1846. Beyond Fort Bridger, Captain Donner led a large party through a much-advertised shortcut. Delays and difficulties caused them to be snowbound in the High Sierras, facing the grim specter of starvation and extreme suffering. Though only four years old at the time of the expedition, the captain’s youngest daughter, Eliza Donner, would never forget the excitement of crossing the prairies—or the horror of that winter. Details impressed on her young mind were later substantiated by the recollections of her older sisters and other survivors. Her book, originally published in 1911, is an intimate and authoritative account of the Donner disaster. George and Tamsen Donner and those who shared their fate are fully humanized in the telling. Eliza also relates what happened to her and a sister after being rescued and what it was like to grow up in a world that turned the Donners into a grisly legend.

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Eliza P. Donner Houghton
“[Those in the Donner camp] could scarcely walk, by the twenty-eighth, and their sensations of hunger were diminishing. This condition forebode delirium and death, unless stayed by the only means at hand. It was in truth a very pitiful alternative offered to the sufferers.”—Eliza P. Donner Houghton

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ISBN-13:
9780803273047
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
11/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
425
Sales rank:
550,021
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.02(d)
Lexile:
1300L (what's this?)

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Kristin Johnson is a librarian at Salt Lake City Community College and the author of Unfortunate Emigrants: Narratives of the Donner Party.

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The Expedition Of The Donner Party And Its Tragic Fate 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
debblee More than 1 year ago
I'm very fascinated by this story and looked forward to reading these accounts, however, the nook version was missing large chunks of pages making reading it difficult to follow. There appears to be illustrations, however, those are missing also, with only the captions floating on a blank page. Very disappointed to have spent money on this nook book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago