Using the film, The Donner Party, discuss how people in the 1840s viewed the American West?

Leading up to the Civil War there was a fierce debate articulated in American society regarding slavery. Using the film and one or more of the documents from the link below discuss both sides of the debate on slavery and then put forth a reasonable and peaceful solution between the two groups.

Prompt 2

Using the film, The Donner Party, discuss how people in the 1840s viewed the American West? How did the Story of the Donner Party help strike down the myth of frontier idealism?