Most histories highlight men’s lives. Disaster & Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush Through the Civil War is the first one to uncover the women who helped shape history in today’s California capital–then an important “hub” city of the great California Gold Rush. Tens of thousands of men from all over the world descended on the region eager to find a fortune . . . but expecting to “get rich quick” and return home, few brought wives and families. Two years into the Golden Immigration, less than 8% of Sacramento’s residents were women. Yet those women made their mark, proving their mettle as decision makers and breadwinners in a uniquely masculine society. Displaying spunk and determination and skills honed by new experiences, their successes altered women’s perceived traditional roles in a turbulent city beset with major fies, devastating floods, and other disasters. Read intriguing cameos of respectable ladies and scandalous harlots–then experience the lives and times of six extraordinary women. Meticulously researched and visually written with spirit and wit, this book is for history buffs, students, women’s discussion groups, or anyone who savors an entertaining and educational read about the struggles and attainments of pioneer women.