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Transcript of Donner Party
and die. With no other option, the party
resorted to... George Donner was selected to be the leader of the wagon train and the expedition was named after him. After being rescued none of the survivors
liked to admit that they ate human flesh,
but some did confess. In February, 1847, rescue parties were able to take forty-eight of the original eighty-seven people safely to California. By Emily Haslam Thanks for Watching! Even though some people may still disagree with the idea of cannibalism amongst the Donner party, the opposite is true. The pioneers did indeed eat human flesh to stay alive during that hard winter; an act of survival on their part. This quote explains to readers that not only were dead humans being consumed, but the actions were taken to the extent to where a member of the group intentionally killed someone to cannibalize them. These pioneers must have been pretty desperate for food if they were willing to take a life for the well-being of them and other people. Works Cited Burton, Gabrielle. "Donner Party: Did They or Didn't They?" The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 17 Apr. 2010. Web. 30 May 2013. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gabrielle-burton/donner-party-did-they-or_b_541658.html>.
Ewers, Justin. "The Ghoulish Tale of the Donner Party." US News. U.S.News & World Report, 19 Feb. 2008. Web. 27 May 2013. <http://www.usnews.com/news/national/articles/2008/02/19/the-ghoulish-tale-of-the-donner-party?page=3>.
Lewis, Daniel. "Forensics of the Donner Party." Forensics of the Donner Party. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2013. <http://raiboy.tripod.com/Donner/id14.html>.
"The Tragic Fate of the Donner Party, 1847." The Tragic Fate of the Donner Party, 1847. EyeWitness to History, 2009. Web. 27 May 2013. <http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/donnerparty.htm>. This quote from Patrick Breen's diary proves that they cannibalized the dead. To state that Mrs. Murphy was going to eat Milt is a confession of cannibalism as well as how the Donners told the California folks that they were going to eat the dead. Cannibalism at
Different Campsites? Many researchers claim that no human bone remains were found at Alder Creek, so therefore no cannibalism was practiced. Although these bone remains were not found, Gabrielle Burton, an author of two books on the Donner Party, assures that "certainly cannibalism occurred at one, two, or three of the campsites and in the open mountains on escape and rescue attempts. Credible rescuers wrote about and testified to seeing evidence at the camps; members of the party wrote and spoke about it at the time and later. We may never get archeological evidence but there's plenty of historical evidence," (huffingtonpost.com). Gabrielle Burton is telling readers that even though there was no physical evidence of cannibalism at Alder Creek, cannibalism occurred in other places near there. Also, historical evidence proves the cannibalism was not a myth. Quote Analysis Quote Analysis The Price
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