The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny

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In the winter of 1846-1847, 82 members of the Donner Party, a group of pioneers traveling from Illinois to California, became stranded in the Sierra Nevadas after early, heavy snowfall. Thirty-six of them perished, and many of the surviving 46 had cannibalized the dead.

In Tulsan historian Michael Wallis’ latest work, he skillfully draws portraits of each Donner Party member without straying beyond the facts. His inclusion of pictures and first-person excerpts renders these people and their plight more real.

In this work, the reader receives an exhaustibly researched account that places the Donner Party in its historical context. Wallis shows how manifest destiny drove the Donner Party, and tens of thousands of others, to seek a better life in the West. He shows how dozens of poor decisions lead to atrocities along the trail — but also how perseverance saved the lives of many, against all odds. Highly recommended.

Author:
Michael Wallis
Page Count:
455 pages
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Publisher:
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date:
2017-Jun-06
ISBN:
9780871407696
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Issue:
August 2017
Category:
Nonfiction
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Book Author

Michael Wallis

Publisher

Liveright Publishing Corporation

Issue

August 2017

ASIN

0871407698

ISBN

9780871407696

Kindle ASIN

B01HDSU0I8

Page Count

455 pages

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Publication Date

2017-Jun-06

“The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny”

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