They Saw the Elephant

They Saw the Elephant Author JoAnn Levy
ISBN-10 9780806189956
Year 2013-07-10
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher University of Oklahoma Press
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"The phrase ’seeing the elephant’ symbolized for ’49 gold rushers the exotic, the mythical, the once-in-a-lifetime adventure, unequaled anywhere else but in the journey to the promised land of fortune: California. Most western myths . . . generally depict an exclusively male gold rush. Levy’s book debunks that myth. Here a variety of women travel, work, and write their way across the pages of western migrant history."-Choice "One of the best and most comprehensive accounts of gold rush life to date"ˆ–San Francisco Chronicle

They Saw the Elephant

They Saw the Elephant Author JoAnn Levy
ISBN-10 9780806189932
Year 2013-07-17
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher University of Oklahoma Press
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"The phrase ’seeing the elephant’ symbolized for ’49 gold rushers the exotic, the mythical, the once-in-a-lifetime adventure, unequaled anywhere else but in the journey to the promised land of fortune: California. Most western myths . . . generally depict an exclusively male gold rush. Levy’s book debunks that myth. Here a variety of women travel, work, and write their way across the pages of western migrant history."-Choice "One of the best and most comprehensive accounts of gold rush life to date"ˆ–San Francisco Chronicle

They Saw the Elephant

They Saw the Elephant Author Jo Ann Levy
ISBN-10 0806124733
Year 1992
Pages 265
Language en
Publisher University of Oklahoma Press
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Traces the history of women's experiences in the California gold rush. Includes letters, journals, and memoirs.

Roaring Camp The Social World of the California Gold Rush

Roaring Camp  The Social World of the California Gold Rush Author Susan Lee Johnson
ISBN-10 9780393292077
Year 2000-12-17
Pages 464
Language en
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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Winner of the 2001 Bancroft Prize. Historical insight is the alchemy that transforms the familiar story of the Gold Rush into something sparkling and new. The world of the Gold Rush that comes down to us through fiction and film—of unshaven men named Stumpy and Kentuck raising hell and panning for gold—is one of half-truths. In this brilliant work of social history, Susan Johnson enters the well-worked diggings of Gold Rush history and strikes a rich lode. She finds a dynamic social world in which the conventions of identity—ethnic, national, and sexual—were reshaped in surprising ways. She gives us the all-male households of the diggings, the mines where the men worked, and the fandango houses where they played. With a keen eye for character and story, Johnson restores the particular social world that issued in the Gold Rush myths we still cherish.

Unsettling the West

Unsettling the West Author Jo Ann Levy
ISBN-10 UOM:39015059315997
Year 2004-03
Pages 343
Language en
Publisher Heyday Books
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By the end of 1849, an estimated thirty-nine thousand gold-seekers had arrived in San Francisco by sea, and some thirty thousand others had crossed the continent on land. Another eighty-six thousand would arrive in 1850. According to the census for that year. there were twelve men for every woman in California. But who would want them? The words "gold rush" generate at best an image of raucous, all-male camaraderie, at worst a storm of lawless and irredeemable violence.

Life on the Plains and Among the Diggings

Life on the Plains and Among the Diggings Author Alonzo Delano
ISBN-10 9781429022415
Year 2009-12-16
Pages 400
Language en
Publisher Applewood Books
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With Particular Incidents Of The Route, Mistakes And Sufferings Of The Emigrants, The Indian Tribes, The Present And The Future Of The Great West.

Gold Rush Stories

Gold Rush Stories Author Gary Noy
ISBN-10 1597143847
Year 2017
Pages
Language en
Publisher Heyday Books
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Another choice gathering of yarns, stories, and Tall Tales from the Gold Country by the author of the very successful Sierra Stories

After the Gold Rush

After the Gold Rush Author David Vaught
ISBN-10 9780801897801
Year 2009-05-27
Pages 328
Language en
Publisher JHU Press
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Their dramatic story exposes the underside of the American dream and the haunting consequences of trying to strike it rich.

Life During the California Gold Rush

Life During the California Gold Rush Author Bethany Onsgard
ISBN-10 9781629694436
Year 2015-01-01
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher ABDO
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Have you ever wondered what life was like for miners and their families during the California Gold Rush? Learn about what their days consisted of, what they ate and wore, and more! Primary sources with accompanying questions, multiple prompts, A Day in the Life section, index, and glossary also included. Core Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing Company.

The California Gold Rush

The California Gold Rush Author Mark A. Eifler
ISBN-10 9781317910213
Year 2016-07-22
Pages 234
Language en
Publisher Routledge
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In January of 1848, James Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. For a year afterward, news of this discovery spread outward from California and started a mass migration to the gold fields. Thousands of people from the East Coast aspiring to start new lives in California financed their journey West on the assumption that they would be able to find wealth. Some were successful, many were not, but they all permanently changed the face of the American West. In this text, Mark Eifler examines the experiences of the miners, demonstrates how the gold rush affected the United States, and traces the development of California and the American West in the second half of the nineteenth century. This migration dramatically shifted transportation systems in the US, led to a more powerful federal role in the West, and brought about mining regulation that lasted well into the twentieth century. Primary sources from the era and web materials help readers comprehend what it was like for these nineteenth-century Americans who gambled everything on the pursuit of gold.

Writing the Trail

Writing the Trail Author Deborah Lawrence
ISBN-10 9781587297304
Year 2009-11-01
Pages 170
Language en
Publisher University of Iowa Press
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For a long time, the American West was mainly identified with white masculinity, but as more women’s narratives of westward expansion came to light, scholars revised purely patriarchal interpretations. Writing the Trail continues in this vein by providing a comparative literary analysis of five frontier narratives---Susan Magoffin’s Down the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico, Sarah Royce’s A Frontier Lady, Louise Clappe’s The Shirley Letters, Eliza Farnham’s California, In-doors and Out, and Lydia Spencer Lane’s I Married a Soldier---to explore the ways in which women’s responses to the western environment differed from men’s. Throughout their very different journeys---from an eighteen-year-old bride and self-styled “wandering princess” on the Santa Fe Trail, to the mining camps of northern California, to garrison life in the Southwest---these women moved out of their traditional positions as objects of masculine culture. Initially disoriented, they soon began the complex process of assimilating to a new environment, changing views of power and authority, and making homes in wilderness conditions. Because critics tend to consider nineteenth-century women’s writings as confirmations of home and stability, they overlook aspects of women’s textualizations of themselves that are dynamic and contingent on movement through space. As the narratives in Writing the Trail illustrate, women’s frontier writings depict geographical, spiritual, and psychological movement. By tracing the journeys of Magoffin, Royce, Clappe, Farnham, and Lane, readers are exposed to the subversive strength of travel writing and come to a new understanding of gender roles on the nineteenth-century frontier.

Dame Shirley and the Gold Rush

Dame Shirley and the Gold Rush Author James J. Rawls
ISBN-10 0811480623
Year 1993
Pages 55
Language en
Publisher Steck-Vaughn Company
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Relates how a series of letters, written by a woman known as Dame Shirley and published in a San Francisco magazine in 1854 and 1855, were instrumental in inciting the California gold rush.

Explorer s Guide Lake Tahoe Reno Includes California Gold Country the Northern Sierra Nevada A Great Destination

Explorer s Guide Lake Tahoe   Reno  Includes California Gold Country   the Northern Sierra Nevada  A Great Destination Author Jim Moore
ISBN-10 9781581579802
Year 2008-10-17
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher The Countryman Press
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Explorer's Great Destinations puts the guide back into guidebook. Also covering California Gold Country and the Northern Sierra Nevada, this savvy guide for upscale travels covers world-class ski resorts, casinos, and sought-after destinations and adventurous activities.

Intimate Frontiers

Intimate Frontiers Author Albert L. Hurtado
ISBN-10 0826319548
Year 1999
Pages 173
Language en
Publisher UNM Press
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This book reveals how powerful undercurrents of sex, gender, and culture helped shape the history of the American frontier from the 1760s to the 1850s. Looking at California under three flags--those of Spain, Mexico, and the United States--Hurtado resurrects daily life in the missions, at mining camps, on overland trails and sea journeys, and in San Francisco. In these settings Hurtado explores courtship, marriage, reproduction, and family life as a way to understand how men and women--whether Native American, Anglo American, Hispanic, Chinese, or of mixed blood--fit into or reshaped the roles and identities set by their race and gender. Hurtado introduces two themes in delineating his intimate frontiers. One was a libertine California, and some of its delights were heartily described early in the 1850s: "[Gold] dust was plentier than pleasure, pleasure more enticing than virtue. Fortune was the horse, youth in the saddle, dissipation the track, and desire the spur." Not all the times were good or giddy, and in the tragedy of a teenage domestic who died in a botched abortion or a brutalized Indian woman we see the seamy underside of gender relations on the frontier. The other theme explored is the reaction of citizens who abhorred the loss of moral standards and sought to suppress excess. Their efforts included imposing all the stabilizing customs of whichever society dominated California--during the Hispanic period,arranged marriages and concern for family honor were the norm; among the Anglos, laws regulated prostitution,missionaries railed against vices, and "proper" women were brought in to help "civilize" the frontier.

The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851 52

The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851 52 Author Dame Shirley
ISBN-10 HARVARD:32044004567061
Year 1922
Pages 350
Language en
Publisher
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Educated in Amherst, Massachusetts, Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe (1819-1906) accompanied her physician-husband to California in 1849. The couple first lived in mining camps where Dr. Clappe practiced medicine and then moved to San Francisco, where Mrs. Clappe taught in the public schools for more than twenty years. The Shirley letters (1922) is the book edition of a series of letters written by Mrs. Clappe to her sister in 1851 and 1852. They were first published under the pseudonym of "Dame Shirley" in the Pioneer magazine, 1854-55. In these letters Louise Clappe writes of life in San Francisco and the Feather River mining communities of Rich Bar and Indian Bar. She focuses on the experiences of women and children, the perils of miners' work, crime and punishment, and relations with native Hispanic residents and Native Americans. Bret Harte is said to have based two of his stories on the "Shirley" letters.