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The Forty-niners (Old West Time-Life Series)

av Weber Johnson, William


Inbunden, 1974

Skick: begagnad, n, faux leather with gold lettering.

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Utgiven
1974
Vikt
1010 g
Storlek
28.5 x 22.5 cm
Sidor
240
Artikelnr
26876
Fler böcker inom Historia

Beskrivning:

The gold discovery in California began a rush by prospectors to the streams and valleys in order to find gold. This book, one in the Time-Life series, "The Old West," begins by noting (Page 6): "It lasted barely a decade. But the California gold rush was a grand, gaudy adventure for a generation of brash young men, most of them citizens of a brash young nation."

The first chapter speaks a little of the history of gold as part of the context for the analysis of the Forty-Niners. The accidental discovery of gold occurred near land owned by a German-born Swiss, John Augustus Sutter. The news, at first, was not deemed of great import (there is a reproduction of an early announcement of the discovery appears on page 17). Word got out eventually and the stream of those wanting to get rich became a flood.

The book goes on to discuss the means by which Forty-Niners arrived at the area where gold had been found. Some came by sea; some arrived overland. The third chapter examines "the rough realities of grubbing for gold." Nice photos start the chapter off. Tools of the trade are depicted on pages 92-93. Chapter four considers the shantytowns, pretty rough settlements. Towns began with a store and a few roughly made buildings. As time went on, more order in a community's structure developed (e.g., roads). Of course, some collapsed as the gold played out. Some other communities, though, survived and flourished later on. The chapter also speaks of the huge disparity in numbers of women as compared with men and explores the ramifications of this. And on it goes, the city of San Francisco and the end of the gold rush.

Illustrations and photos add some immediacy to the text, giving a sense of the technology used to extract gold as well as the nature of settlements that sprang up.

In the final analysis, a nice solid introduction to the gold rush and its effects on California.


The Forty-niners



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