Three Years in California

Three Years in California

William Perkins' Journal of Life at Sonora, 1849-1852

Book - 1964
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Perkins' journal is a unique document in the literature of western America. His thoughtful but lively account of life in Sonora presents the California Gold Rush from a perspective not commonly encountered--that of a non-Yankee who developed strong Latin American sympathies and affiliations. Further, he had a sharp eye for the details of local color and change in a community that was evolving from a rude mining camp into an organized town. His writing provides the contemporary reader with an insight and appreciation of social and economic factors of the time that seldom are found in the surviving accounts of other forty-niners.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, c1964
Characteristics: 424 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, maps, portraits ; 25 cm

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