Emigrants on the Overland Trail

Emigrants on the Overland Trail

by Michael E. LaSalle

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Presenting the “lost” year of the overland emigrants in 1848, this volume sheds light on the journey of the men, women, children, and the wagon trains that made the challenging trek from Missouri to Oregon and California. These primary sources, written by seven men and women diarists from different wagon companies, tell how settlers endured the tribulations of a five-month westward journey covering 2,000 miles. These intrepid souls include a young mother, a French priest, a college-educated teacher, and an ox driver. Subjected to the extremes of fear, failure, suffering, and hope, they persevered and finally triumphed.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013847460
Publisher: Truman State University Press
Publication date: 12/08/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 552
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Michael E. LaSalle graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Law. For the next forty years, he practiced law, farmed, and operated a dairy, often concurrently. He lives in Hanford, California, where he still farms and pursues his interest in tracking down Western history.

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