Joshua Norton is an immigrant with a secret in Gold Rush San Francisco.
Joshua Abraham Norton is an immigrant with a secret. He comes to San Francisco during the 1849 Gold Rush to set himself up in business but finds himself swept up in dramatic events unfolding all around him with little to no way of controlling what happens to him or the people that he considers friends. San Francisco History unfolds before his eyes, even as his own story prepares to overshadow the entire story of San Francisco for the next twenty years.
America’s Last Emperor is the fictional biography of Emperor Norton. Through Norton’s eyes, the reader is shown San Francisco’s history. Characters such as Sam Brannan and William T. Sherman appear in Norton’s life even before he declared himself Emperor. This book is a dramatization of actual events.
Book One covers Norton’s arrival in San Francisco until the time he declared himself Emperor, from 1849 to 1859.
Book Two covers 1859 to 1869 when the first Transcontinental Railroad finally arrives in San Francisco. Chapters scheduled for posting in July of 2021.
Book Three covers 1870 to 1880. The Emperor was vibrant up until the end of his life, giving interviews months before his death.