Not Today, Death, Not Today

“Dying is easy, young man. Living is harder,” says George Washington to Alexander Hamilton in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. No truer words can be applied to the many fighting Covid-19 or t to the Donner Party survivors fighting death at Starved Camp in 1847. CNN...

What Cursed the Donner Party?

As an American people and as American citizens we grow the most through hardship and through learning from our mistakes. This is certainly true now in the midst of a global pandemic. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daily noontime COVID-19 briefings are must-see TV because...

Who Is William Eddy? My Donner Party Hero

In great tragedies we often look for heroes—they sacrificed and saved others who couldn’t save themselves. In the Donner Party story there are a few heroes among those families looking out only for themselves. One of my favorites is carriage-maker (or coffin-maker,...

The Hastings Cutoff: What Really Killed the Donner Party

If I could blame one man for the deaths of 41 people in the Donner Party it would be Lansford Hastings, the creator, founder, director of the Hastings Cutoff disaster, circa 1846. Lansford was born in Ohio to wealthy parents who could trace their American origins back...
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