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The Resource Sex and death on the western emigrant trail : the biology of three American tragedies, Donald K. Grayson

Sex and death on the western emigrant trail : the biology of three American tragedies, Donald K. Grayson

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Sex and death on the western emigrant trail : the biology of three American tragedies
Title
Sex and death on the western emigrant trail
Title remainder
the biology of three American tragedies
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Donald K. Grayson
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Language
eng
Summary
"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 the only one. Ten years after the Donner Party got itself into trouble, two groups sponsored by the Mormon Church ran into similar difficulties. Unlike the Donner Party, these people were following a well-traveled path, but they were doing it in a novel way, pushing and pulling their goods and children in handcarts some 1,300 miles from Iowa to Utah. In the end, over 200 died along the trail. The plights of these travelers have been addressed by different historians in different ways. This book is the first to examine these tragedies in terms of biology. Grayson shows that who lived and who died within these westward-bound groups can largely be explained by age, sex, and family ties. His investigation reveals what happens when our cultural mechanisms for dealing with famine and extreme cold are reduced to only what our very bodies can provide. These were real people in real danger. Understanding what happened to them helps us get at the core of who and what we all are"--Provided by publisher
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Grayson, Donald K.,
Dewey number
978/.02
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • statistics
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  • James G. Willie Emigrating Company
  • Edward Martin Emigrating Company
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • Donner Party
  • Biometry
  • Mortality
  • Mortality
  • Disaster victims
  • Mormon pioneers
  • Mormon handcart companies
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Sex and death on the western emigrant trail : the biology of three American tragedies, Donald K. Grayson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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?
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on1002693142
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1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781607816027
Lccn
2017041871
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eBooks on EBSCOhost
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)1002693142
Label
Sex and death on the western emigrant trail : the biology of three American tragedies, Donald K. Grayson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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?
Control code
on1002693142
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781607816027
Lccn
2017041871
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1002693142

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