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Historical Details

War Party
Historical Details (p. 754)

Use the Web sites below to complete the following activity.

Author Louis L'Amour refers to several historical incidents in "War Party." Choose one of the following topics to research:

  • the 1862 uprising led by Little Crow in Minnesota
  • the Donner party tragedy of 1846–1847
  • the Salem witch trials of the late 1600s

Report your findings to the class in an oral presentation.

Information Please
One-step searching in encyclopedias, almanacs, and Web sites. Just enter keywords.

National Geographic: Salem Witch-Hunt features/ 97/ salem/
This interactive site will allow you to experience the witch trials: will your good name be cleared, or will you be hanged for the crime of witchcraft?

American Experience: The Donner Party wgbh/ amex/ donner/ filmmore/ fd.html
This PBS site offers analysis of the Donner Party?s disastrous trip, and includes diary entries written by those on the terrible trek, maps, timelines, and more.

Little Crow welker/ littcrow.htm
A biography of Little Crow