Perilous Journey of the Donner Party

ISBN-10: 0395866103
ISBN-13: 9780395866108
Edition: 1999 (Teachers Edition, Instructors Manual, etc.)
Authors: Marian Calabro
List price: $21.00
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Description: On April 14, 1846, the Donner Party set out from Springfield, Illinois, in search of a better life in the largely unsettled California territory. The trip started well but eventually questionable choices and infighting delayed pioneers' attempt to  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 3/29/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

On April 14, 1846, the Donner Party set out from Springfield, Illinois, in search of a better life in the largely unsettled California territory. The trip started well but eventually questionable choices and infighting delayed pioneers' attempt to cross the Sierra Nevada until winter. As the impassable snows closed in and their supplies dwindled to nothing, the group faced an almost hopeless struggle for survival that would push some toward the final taboo of cannibalism. Nearly half the members of the Donner Party were children. This account, filled with selections from the survivors' letters and diaries, focuses on the children's experiences, making it uniquely compelling and accessible to young readers. Index, bibliography, chronology, group rosters, suggestions for further research.

Marian Calabro is a published author with a special interest in biography and history. She lives in New Jersey.

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