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Sex and death on the western emigrant trail : the biology of three American tragedies

Author: Donald K Grayson
Publisher: Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, [2018]
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"During the winter of 1846-1847, members of the Donner Party found themselves stuck in the snows of the Sierra Nevada on their journey to California, losing many in their group to severe cold and starvation. Those who survived did so by cannibalizing their dead comrades. Today the Donner Party may be the most famous group of American overland emigrants to struggle through life-threatening conditions, but it is not  Read more...
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Grayson, Donald K.
Sex and death on the western emigrant trail.
Salt Lake City : The University of Utah Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017037702
(OCoLC)1002419107
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Donald K Grayson
ISBN: 9781607816027 1607816024
OCLC Number: 1002693142
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 246 pages)
Contents: An introduction to sex, death, and disaster --
"A great lamentation about the cold" : a brief history of the Donner Party disaster --
Predictions of death --
"A curious feature of the disaster" --
"The heavens weep" : the Willie Handcart Company --
"Cruel beyond language" : the Martin Handcart Company --
Gendered death?
Responsibility: Donald K. Grayson.

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Ten years after the Donner Party, two groups sponsored by the Mormon Church, the Willie and Martin handcart companies ran into similar difficulties. The plights of these emigrant groups have been  Read more...

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