Sisters of fortune: being the true story of how three by Nancy Coffey Heffernan

By Nancy Coffey Heffernan

Makes use of greater than 350 letters to reconstruct the lives of a trio of sister whose father, a U.S. Congressman from New Hampshire, left them in 1850 for the Gold Rush.

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Calhoun were still trying to hammer out a compromise on the slavery issue that would forestall hostilities between the North and the South. There were also problems stemming from the annexation of California. The treaty ending the Mexican War had been signed in February 1848, ceding California to the United States. All Mexican land grants, which Washington had promised to honor, had to be reviewed. Interest in those land grants had mushroomed since the news reached the eastern states that gold had been discovered at Sutter's Mill in California.

There were also problems stemming from the annexation of California. The treaty ending the Mexican War had been signed in February 1848, ceding California to the United States. All Mexican land grants, which Washington had promised to honor, had to be reviewed. Interest in those land grants had mushroomed since the news reached the eastern states that gold had been discovered at Sutter's Mill in California. When the full impact of the news struck a year later, gold fever swept the nation. The year gave its numerals to the '49ers who stampeded to prospect for treasure in California.

Throughout their letters it is clear that they not only share each other's trials but also find solace in the sense of solidarity created by their father's absence. Their sentimentalized treatment of the death of friendsparticularly that of a young Keene neighbor, Sarah Adamsparallels similar accounts elaborately and elegantly analyzed in Ann Douglas's Feminization of American Culture (1988). So too, like many young women and girls of their class, do they draw immense imaginative pleasure from their reading of the popular English novels of their day.

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