The discovery of gold in California enticed many eastern Americans to leave their homes, their businesses, and even their families and rush westward with the dream of striking it rich. Their tales of hard traveling, exhausting work, and busted dreams illustrate the adventurous spirit and naïve idealism that has become part of America's romantic past.
"The contributions in the eclectic mix come from individuals such as Eleanor Roosevelt, actress June Havoc, and hobo Box-Car Bertha, with each person's perspective taking readers directly into the experience through details and eye-opening observations."
-- Booklist (May 2001)
Price: US $40.80