American Experience: The Donner Party ()

directed by Ric Burns
featuring David McCullough, J.D. Cannon, Timothy Hutton, Gene Jones, Amy Madigan

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In 1846, a group of over eighty Westward-bound pioneers were headed to the coast of California from Illinois, which had itself only recently been brought up to "civilized" status. They made it to a pass high in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California when they were halted by a truly monstrous blizzard, followed by the snows of one of the worst winters in that century. Their attempts to go forward and backward were thwarted by the deep snow, and, in the small shelter they enjoyed, they slowly starved to death. Eventually, ...


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Jan 1, 2009

This is the best!!!!

This is one of the best DVD's I have seen if you are any fan of the historic Oregon trail. You will be amazed on the spirt of human nature to survive. Great buy!

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