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The World Rushed in : The California Gold Rush Experience
by J. S. Holliday


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When The World Rushed In was first published in 1981, the Washington Post predicted, -It seems unlikely that anyone will write a more comprehensive book about the Gold Rush.- Twenty years later, no one has emerged to contradict that judgment, and the book has gained recognition as a classic.  Read more...


 
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Overview

When The World Rushed In was first published in 1981, the Washington Post predicted, -It seems unlikely that anyone will write a more comprehensive book about the Gold Rush.- Twenty years later, no one has emerged to contradict that judgment, and the book has gained recognition as a classic. As the San Francisco Examiner noted, -It is not often that a work of history can be said to supplant every book on the same subject that has gone before it.-

Through the diary and letters of William Swain--augmented by interpolations from more than five hundred other gold seekers and by letters sent to Swain from his wife and brother back home--the complete cycle of the gold rush is recreated: the overland migration of over thirty thousand men, the struggle to -strike it rich- in the mining camps of the Sierra Nevadas, and the return home through the jungles of the Isthmus of Panama.

In a new preface, the author reappraises our continuing fascination with the -gold rush experience- as a defining epoch in western--indeed, American--history.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780806134642
  • ISBN-10: 080613464X
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publish Date: December 2002
  • Page Count: 562
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.06 x 1.22 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.73 pounds


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