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WILL BAGLEY. With Golden Visions Bright Before Them: Trails to the Mining West 1849-1852

With Golden VisionsWILL BAGLEY. With Golden Visions Bright Before Them: Trails to the Mining West 1849-1852. University of Oklahoma Press. Hardcover, $45, www.oupress.com.

Will Bagley draws from hundreds of journals, diaries, letters, reminiscences and other records of those who made the trip to California gold fields, enriched by original research and information from secondary sources. Compelling narrative paints a vivid picture of day-to-day life as well as addressing broader themes.