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The Donner Party Revisited


Courtesy: Liveright/A Division of W.W. Norton

In 1800s America, westward expansion took place rapidly. Pioneers sought a better life, and the journey appealed to adventure seekers.  


Among the most famous of those looking westward, was the group known as the Donner Party. Well, famous and infamous. 


Joining us are two people who are steeped in the legend, lore, and myths surrounding The Donner Party.  


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Michael Wallis, author of "The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party In The Age  Of Manifest Destiny." (Liveright, 2017); G. Richard Scott, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada/Reno. Dr.Scott is a contributor to the book, "An Archaeology of Desperation: Exploring the Donner Party's Alder Creek Camp"/Edited by Kelly J. Dixon, Julie M. Schablitsky, and Shannon A. Novak (University of Oklahoma Press, 2011)

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