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John Jakes

California Gold: A Novel

Project: Researched histories of California and provided background position papers for best-selling novelist. Scope of work included nineteenth and twentieth century social and cultural movements, from the story of western expansion into the trans-Mississippi western frontier and the California gold rush, to the story of robber barons and the transformative arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Detail: John Jakes. CALIFORNIA GOLD: A Novel. New York: Random House, 1989.

New Mexico History Museum Photo by Laurie Roberts