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ERIC Number: EJ985857
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0275-7664
"I Fear the Consequences to Our Animals": Emigrants and Their Livestock on the Overland Trails
Ahmad, Diana L.
Great Plains Quarterly, v32 n3 p165-182 Sum 2012
The diaries, letters, and guidebooks written by the emigrants who crossed North America on the overland trails during the mid-nineteenth century reveal a new awareness of the animals that journeyed with them. Often written as advice to those who might follow them, the travelers worried about their animals in ways beyond what theologians and philosophers would have expected or anticipated. Borne out of the need to get to California, Oregon, or Utah safely, emigrants learned a new standard of care required for the animals that hauled them across the continent. Their writings add to the knowledge not only of the rigors and challenges along the overland trails but also of how the emigrants manifested a new relationship with their livestock.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Oregon; Utah