From the inside flap: "They went west to change their lives and in the bargain they changed the world. This is the extraordinary story of the mean and women of the gold rush.
"When gold was first discovered on the American River above Sutter's Fort in January 1848, California was sparsely populated frontier territory not yet ceded to the United States from Mexixo. The discovery triggered a massive influx as hundreds of thousands of people scrambled to California in search of riches, b
Sponsoring professor H. W. Brands is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History. He teaches and writes about American history, broadly construed. Brands' book, The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller. Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian David McCullough calls The Age of Gold, "A fine, robust telling of one of the greatest adventure stories in history." The Age of Gold was named a "Best Book of 2002" selection by the Washington Post Book World and The Christian Science Monitor. He is currently completing a book on the Gilded Age, and has begun work on a biography of Franklin Roosevelt.