By Will Bagley
During the mid-nineteenth century, 1 / 4 of one million travelers—men, girls, and children—followed the “road around the plains” to gold rush California. This very good chronicle—the moment installment of Will Bagley’s sweeping Overland West series—captures the chance, pleasure, and heartbreak of America’s first nice rush for riches and its enduring outcomes. With narrative scope and aspect unequalled through previous histories, With Golden Visions vivid sooner than Them retells this vintage American saga throughout the voices of the folk whose eyewitness stories vividly evoke the main dramatic period of westward migration.
Traditional histories of the overland roads paint the gold rush migration as a heroic epic of development that opened new lands and a continental treasure condominium for the development of civilization. Yet, in response to Bagley, the transformation of the yank West in this interval is extra advanced and contentious than legend pretends. The gold rush epoch witnessed untold ache and sacrifice, and the paths and their trials have been adequate to make many folks flip again. For America’s local peoples, the impact of the big migration was once at least ruinous. The effect that tens of hundreds of thousands of intruders had on local peoples and their homelands is on the middle of this tale, now not on its margins.
Beautifully written and richly illustrated with photos and maps, With Golden Visions shiny sooner than Them keeps the saga that started with Bagley’s hugely acclaimed, award-winning So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the paths to Oregon and California, 1812–1848, hailed by way of critics as a vintage of western history.
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With Golden Visions Bright Before Them: Trails to the Mining West, 1849–1852 (Overland West Series) by Will Bagley