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LAURA EMERSON. The Delegates of 1849: Life Stories of the Originators of California's Reputation as a Bold and Independent State

LAURA EMERSON. The Delegates of 1849: Life Stories of the Originators of California’s Reputation as a Bold and Independent State. Self-published. Trade paperback, 334 pages, $15. Amazon.

1849—Gold Rush madness threatened to destroy California while Congress was locked in a debate over slave states. Newly-appointed Military Governor Bennet C. Riley took matters into his own hands and called a constitutional convention. Forty-eight elected delegates came to Monterey. Their socio-economic backgrounds were as diverse as their ages. Yet, they all believed that what they were doing was critical to the future of California. The Delegates of 1849 brings to light for the first time the life stories of all forty-eight “founding fathers.”