John Sutter: A Life on the North American Frontier
May/June 2007 California Country magazine
By Kate Campbell
California’s story is tied to the fortunes and vagaries of John Sutter, a Swiss farmer, rancher, trader and legend who settled in the Sacramento Valley in 1839. It was his employees who found gold and triggered the Gold Rush. In John Sutter: A Life on the North American Frontier, by Sacramento native and distinguished historian Albert Hurtado, the inner dynamics of this complex pioneer are explored. In hardcover from University of Oklahoma Press, $34.95. Order online at www.oupress.com.