The Expedition of the Donner Party and its Tragic Fate

Eliza P. Donner HOUGHTON (1843 - 1922)

The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in the "westering fever" of the 1840s. After becoming snowbound in the Sierra Nevada in the winter of 1846–1847, some of the emigrants resorted to cannibalism. Although this aspect of the tragedy has become synonymous with the Donner Party in the popular imagination, it actually was a minor part of the episode. The author was about 4 at the time. The first part of the book accounts the tragic journey and rescue attempts; the last half are reminiscences of the child orphan, passed from family to family while growing up. (Summary from Wikipedia & Tricia G)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, History

Language: English

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Play 00 Preface Alana Jordan
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Play 01 Chapter I Alana Jordan
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Play 02 Chapter II Alana Jordan
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Play 03 Chapter III Alana Jordan
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Play 04 Chapter IV Alana Jordan
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Play 05 Chapter V Alana Jordan
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Play 06 Chapter VI Alana Jordan
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Play 07 Chapter VII Alana Jordan
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Play 08 Chapter VIII Alana Jordan
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Play 09 Chapter IX Alana Jordan
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Play 10 Chapter X Alana Jordan
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Play 11 Chapter XI Alana Jordan
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Play 12 Chapter XII TriciaG
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Play 13 Chapter XIII TriciaG
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Play 14 Chapter XIV TriciaG
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Play 15 Chapter XV Donna Stewart
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Play 16 Chapter XVI Donna Stewart
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Play 17 Chapter XVII Donna Stewart
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Play 18 Chapter XVIII Christine Dufour
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Play 19 Chapter XIX Christine Dufour
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Play 20 Chapter XX Donna Stewart
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Play 21 Chapter XXI Donna Stewart
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Play 22 Chapter XXII Donna Stewart
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Play 23 Chapter XXIII Donna Stewart
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Play 24 Chapter XXIV Donna Stewart
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Play 25 Chapter XXV Donna Stewart
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Play 26 Chapter XXVI Donna Stewart
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Play 27 Chapter XXVII Donna Stewart
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Play 28 Chapter XXVIII David Lawrence
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Play 29 Chapter XXIX Miriam Esther Goldman
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Play 30 Chapter XXX RoseA
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Play 31 Chapter XXXI Christine Dufour
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Play 32 Chapter XXXII Christine Dufour
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Play 33 Chapter XXXIII Christine Dufour
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Play 34 Chapter XXXIV Christine Dufour
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Play 35 Chapter XXXV Christine Dufour
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Play 36 Chapter XXXVI Christine Dufour
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Play 37 Chapter XXXVII Joy Easton
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Play 38 Chapter XXXVIII Christine Dufour
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Play 39 Appendix I Christine Dufour
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Play 40 Appendix II Christine Dufour
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Play 41 Appendix III Christine Dufour
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Play 42 Appendix IV Christine Dufour
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