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History of the Donner Party: A Tragedy of the Sierra

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The Donner Party was a group of American Pioneers who set out for California in a wagon train. Delayed by a series of mishaps, they spent the winter of 1846-47 snowbound in the Sierra Nevada. Some of the emigrants resorted to cannibalism to survive, eating those who had succumbed to starvation and sickness.

Historians have described the episode as one of the most spectacular tragedies in Californian history and in the record of western ...

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Overview

The Donner Party was a group of American Pioneers who set out for California in a wagon train. Delayed by a series of mishaps, they spent the winter of 1846-47 snowbound in the Sierra Nevada. Some of the emigrants resorted to cannibalism to survive, eating those who had succumbed to starvation and sickness.

Historians have described the episode as one of the most spectacular tragedies in Californian history and in the record of western migration.

This book is part of the Historical Collection of Badgley Publishing Company and has been transcribed from the original. The original contents have been edited and corrections have been made to original printing, spelling and grammatical errors when not in conflict with the author's intent to portray a particular event or interaction. Annotations have been made and additional contents have been added by Badgley Publishing Company in order to clarify certain historical events or interactions and to enhance the author's content. Photos and illustrations from the original have been touched up, enhanced and sometimes enlarged for better viewing. Additional illustrations and photos have been added by Badgley Publishing Company.

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"Historians owe much to the patient industry of McGlashan, who brought together the facts of the tragic Donner episode. . . . McGlashan's work will remain the standard, as well as the pioneer, presentation of facts. The editors have made a notable contribution in their lengthy introduction as well as in the maps, editors' notes, and bilbiography."—The American Historical Review

"The author's account is still the best available on that famous expedition."—Lake Charles American Press

"One of the most important sources of information concerning perhaps the best known, because it is the most sensational and horrifying, episode in western American history. . . . The History of the Donner Party is a splendid piece of work."—Utah Humanities Review

"McGashan expended tremendous energy in amassing historical evidence about the tragic fate of the party. . . . The firsthand information endowed his writing with immediacy and vitality. As a description of what happened, the book stands alone."—Choice

"Though first published over 60 years ago, McGlashan's notable book on the Donner party has been in constant demand, and this facsimile republication, with definite bibliography, additional maps, photographs and notes, together with an extensive foreword on McGlashan by George H. and Bliss McGlashan Hinkle constitutes the finest edition yet offered. . . . [McGlashan's] book is still a source on one of the west's greatest epics, and is here presented in a thoroughly satisfying edition."—San Jose Herald

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451587067
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/2/2010
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

    Thorough, touching, chilling................

    This is certainly not the first book I have read on this subject, but it is the best. An incredible, heart-pounding story.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    The Donner Party

    This book will grab you from the start and you will not be able to put it down. Charles F. McGlashan researched the information and actually spoke to survivors and received letters from them. No one can tell the story as well as those who were actually there and the author takes their experiances and turns them into a gripping story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

    Captivating!

    I'm about 3/4 of the way through the book and think about it all day at work. I can't wait to get home and read more. It's amazing what the human body can endure, and the remarkable strength and courage of these individuals.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    I love this book

    It is amazing!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Excellent - a must read

    I'm a bit of a history buff so this book immediately caught my eye. How have I never heard this story? Excellent read. I was fascinated with every detail and couldn't put it down. Even after I finished reading it, I couldn't stop thinking about the people involved. How did the survivors go on to lead normal lives? It is amazing what we take for granted in our overly indulged lives. I highly recommend this book.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    ???

    Is this scary? My teacher says "You should read it if you like tradity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Tragic, Gripping

    Once I picked this book up and started to read, I couldn't put it down. Amazing, brave, and gallant settlers. The horrors-one after another plagued this group. Even though this was written long, long ago, it is an amazing and interesting historical account of what it was like in the days of cowboys, indians, and the desire to discover the new territory of the California west. I gave me a renewed interest in history that I thought I left behind in my high school years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    If you like history, this is a great read.

    This was written about 30years after the fact, the author having interviewed survivors. There's nothing made up so you get the true sense of what happened. A very sad tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2003

    loved it!

    This book is so good! I not only read it 1 time, I read it twice. I continue to read it, and have since bought many books on the Donner Party.

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