During the mid-nineteenth century, a quarter of a million travelersâ€”men, women, and childrenâ€”followed the â€śroad across the plainsâ€ť to gold rush California. This magnificent chronicleâ€”the second installment of Will Bagleyâ€™s sweeping Overland West seriesâ€”captures the danger, excitement, and heartbreak of Americaâ€™s first great rush for riches and its enduring consequences. With narrative scope and detail unmatched by earlier histories, With Golden Visions Bright Before Them retells this classic American saga through the voices of the people whose eyewitness testimonies vividly evoke the most dramatic era of westward migration.Traditional histories of the overland roads paint the gold rush migration as a heroic epic of progress that opened new lands and a continental treasure house for the advancement of civilization.Â Yet, according to Bagley, the transformation of the American West during this period is more complex and contentious than legend pretends. The gold rush epoch witnessed untold suffering and sacrifice, and the trails and their trials were enough to make many people turn back. For Americaâ€™s Native peoples, the effect of the massive migration was no less than ruinous. The impact that tens of thousands of intruders had on Native peoples and their homelands is at the center of this story, not on its margins.Beautifully written and richly illustrated with photographs and maps, With Golden Visions Bright Before Them continues the saga that began with Bagleyâ€™s highly acclaimed, award-winning So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812â€“1848, hailed by critics as a classic of western history.