With Golden Visions Bright Before Them: Trails to the Mining West, 1849-1852

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During the mid-nineteenth century, a quarter of a million travelers—men, women, and children—followed the “road across the plains” to gold rush California. This magnificent chronicle—the second installment of Will Bagley’s sweeping Overland West series—captures the danger, excitement, and heartbreak of America’s first great rush for riches and its enduring consequences. With narrative scope and detail unmatched by earlier histories, With Golden Visions Bright Before Them retells this classic American saga through...

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Norman, OK 2012 Hardcover Collector's edition NEW SIGNED. 464pp. Octavo [26 cm] Specially bound decorative suede-like cloth covered boards with black ink stamped titles on the ... spine and front cover. Signed by Bagley on the limitation page. Number 4 of 55 copies. From the publisher: During the mid-nineteenth century, a quarter of a million travelers?men, women, and children?followed the ?road across the plains? to gold rush California. This magnificent chronicle?the second installment of Will Bagley's sweeping Overland West series?captures the danger, excitement, and heartbreak of America's first great rush for riches and its enduring consequences. With narrative scope and detail unmatched by earlier histories, With Golden Visions Bright Before Them retells this classic American saga through the voices of the people whose eyewitness testimonies vividly evoke the most dramatic era of westward migration. Traditional histories of the overland roads paint the gold rush migration as a heroic epic of progress tha Read more Show Less

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Norman, OK 2012 Hardcover Collector's edition NEW SIGNED. 464pp. Octavo [26 cm] Specially bound decorative suede-like cloth covered boards with black ink stamped titles on the ... spine and front cover. Signed by Bagley on the limitation page. Number 3 of 55 copies. From the publisher: During the mid-nineteenth century, a quarter of a million travelers?men, women, and children?followed the ?road across the plains? to gold rush California. This magnificent chronicle?the second installment of Will Bagley's sweeping Overland West series?captures the danger, excitement, and heartbreak of America's first great rush for riches and its enduring consequences. With narrative scope and detail unmatched by earlier histories, With Golden Visions Bright Before Them retells this classic American saga through the voices of the people whose eyewitness testimonies vividly evoke the most dramatic era of westward migration. Traditional histories of the overland roads paint the gold rush migration as a heroic epic of progress tha Read more Show Less

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During the mid-nineteenth century, a quarter of a million travelers—men, women, and children—followed the “road across the plains” to gold rush California. This magnificent chronicle—the second installment of Will Bagley’s sweeping Overland West series—captures the danger, excitement, and heartbreak of America’s first great rush for riches and its enduring consequences. With narrative scope and detail unmatched by earlier histories, With Golden Visions Bright Before Them retells this classic American saga through the voices of the people whose eyewitness testimonies vividly evoke the most dramatic era of westward migration.

Traditional histories of the overland roads paint the gold rush migration as a heroic epic of progress that opened new lands and a continental treasure house for the advancement of civilization. Yet, according to Bagley, the transformation of the American West during this period is more complex and contentious than legend pretends. The gold rush epoch witnessed untold suffering and sacrifice, and the trails and their trials were enough to make many people turn back. For America’s Native peoples, the effect of the massive migration was no less than ruinous. The impact that tens of thousands of intruders had on Native peoples and their homelands is at the center of this story, not on its margins.

Beautifully written and richly illustrated with photographs and maps, With Golden Visions Bright Before Them continues the saga that began with Bagley’s highly acclaimed, award-winning So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812–1848, hailed by critics as a classic of western history.

Winner of the 2013 Spur Award for Best Western Nonfiction Historical

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  • ISBN-13: 9780870624186
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Format: Leather Bound
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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Will Bagley is an independent historian who has written about overland emigration, frontier violence, railroads, mining, and the Mormons. Bagley has published extensively over the years and is the author and editor of many books, articles, and reviews in professional journals. Bagley is the series editor of Arthur H. Clark Company's documentary history series, KINGDOM IN THE WEST: The Mormons and the American Frontier. Bagley has been a Wallace Stegner Centennial Fellow at the University of Utah and the Archibald Hannah, Jr. Fellow in American History at Yale University's Beinecke Library. Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows has won numerous awards including a Spur Award from Western Writers of America, the Bancroft History Prize from the Denver Public Library, Westerners International Best Book, and the Western History Association Caughey Book Prize for the most distinguished book on the history of the American West. So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812-1848 is the first of four volumes of Overland West: The Story of the Oregon and California Trails Series.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Maps xiv

Preface xv

Editorial Procedures xxi

Prologue 3

Chapter 1 Men of Enterprise and Adventure: The Rush Begins 11

Chapter 2 Avarice Seems to Rule: The Forty-niners Set Out 51

Chapter 3 Which Road to Take? South Pass to City of Rocks 97

Chapter 4 First Flight of Forty-niners: The Race to the Goldfields 133

Chapter 5 Shortcuts to Death: Cutoffs, Detours, and Delusion in 1849 185

Chapter 6 A New and Shorter Route: Lassen's Horn 211

Chapter 7 Passing Swarms: The Trails in 1850 249

Chapter 8 The Very Windows of Heaven: The Bust of 1851 299

Chapter 9 The Great Tide of Emigration: The Trails in 1852 333

Chapter 10 This Insatiate Thirst for Gold: The Birth of the Mining West 387

Acknowledgments 417

Bibliography 419

Index 445

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