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Unformatted text preview: raising a nation are any better or worst than another nation of people despite how much success is involved. Although we did not get a chance to discuss it in depth in class, I found the idea of the Overland Trail to almost heartbreaking. Although I realize that some who migrated found the West and eventually found success, my heart was broken as I heard the stories of people dying of cholera and being abandoned in the middle of nowhere. Economic gain is the staple of American democracy, so to hear innocent families being broken in pursuit of it questions the entire concept. ..was it worth it? I think I would be just as happy in North Carolina with a very modest income as opposed to migrating west and risking diseases and other possible unforeseen fatal circumstances....
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- Spring '08