Disaster and Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush Through the Civil War

Disaster and Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush Through the Civil War

by Cheryl Stapp

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Overview

Finalist in historical nonfiction, 2013 Next Generation Indie Awards.


With rare exception, history throughout the ages is his-story-the narration of men's successes and failures. What about the women?


Disaster and Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush through the Civil War is the first to highlight the women who helped shape history in California's capital city during and after the great California Gold Rush. Expecting to get rich quick and return home, few of the tens of thousands of fevered gold-rushers brought wives and families. Two years into the Golden Immigration, less than eight percent of Sacramento's residents were women.


Yet these women made their mark, proving their mettle as decision makers and breadwinners in a uniquely masculine society. Displaying spunk and determination and skills honed by new experiences, their successes altered women's perceived traditional roles in a turbulent city beset with major fires, devastating floods, two cholera epidemics, and a squatter's riot.


Not all of them were sweet sunbonnets, either. "Soiled Doves" flocked in to make fortunes from lonely men who were far from home.


Meticulously researched and visually written with spirit and wit, Disaster and Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush through the Civil War is for history buffs, students, women's discussion groups, or anyone who savors an entertaining and educational read about the struggles and attainments of pioneer women.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467906289
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Cheryl Anne Stapp lives in Sacramento, in bygone days an important gold rush town and the largest staging center in the nation. She is also the author of Sacramento Chronicles: A Golden Past and The Stagecoach in Northern California: Rough Rides, Gold Camps & Daring Drivers. Visit her website "California's Olden Golden Days" at CherylAnneStapp.com.

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