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An Archaeology of Desperation: Exploring the Donner Partys Alder Creek Camp Hardcover – October 20, 2011
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About the Author
Kelly J. Dixon is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Montana and author of Boomtown Saloons: Archaeology and History in Virginia City.
Julie M. Schablitsky is Senior Research Archaeologist at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon, and the editor of Box Office Archaeology: Refining Hollywood’s Portrayals of the Past.
Shannon A. Novak is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, and author of House of Mourning: A Biocultural History of the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is comprehensive in respect to the multidisciplinary approaches taken in an attempt to congeal some of the many facets of the Donner Party story. The book's focus is the Alder Creek or Donner family camp, but it pulls in information from the lake camp as well. Kristin Johnson's first chapter summary of the Donner Party is the most lucid account I have ever read, and is worth buying the book for that chapter alone. She is extremely knowledgeable and a clear authority on the Donner Party.
I liked the way some of the authors attempted to bring the "normalcy" of every day life into the sphere of the Alder Creek camp discussion, but at the same time it read as if there was an excessive need to place the women of the Alder Creek camp in the forefront as if their contributions had been egregiously omitted in the past. Oddly, at least from this reader's perspective, I always thought Tamzene was the focal point of the entire Alder Creek camp, almost overpowering the role of the men who were there--and rightfully so. The poor woman had her hands full ten fold. Somehow, I don't think the men nor women at the Alder Creek camp vied for dominance under the miserable conditions they experienced.Read more ›