They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 265 pages
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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

  

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Historians are now delving into the writings of women in American history. Women filled journals, diaries, and wrote letters to home, as well as being written about! The missing population in American ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alicia Kittrell - Goodreads

Wonderful, one of the best Gold Rush reads. It from the women's perspective of the Gold Rush, but encompasses all aspects of the era. Really great book if you're a history buff. Read full review

Contents

Over the Plains
1
Overland Trail 1213
12
Brier family portrait
28
Across the Sea
30
Mary Jane Megquier
51
Home Sweet Home
53
Ashes to Ashes
71
Explosion of the Jenny Lind
80
Metropolitan Theatre
143
Improper Society
149
Love and Marriage
173
Lucky Miners House
175
Eliza Farnham
191
Weaving the Social Fabric
193
First Presbyterian Church
201
Postscript
217

Working Women
91
Sacramento 1849
93
Free to Be
108
Woman at Auburn Ravine
111
All the Worlds a Stage
126
Lola Montez spider dance
128
San Francisco 1854
218
Biddy Mason monument
233
Acknowledgments
237
Index
253
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About the author (1992)

JoAnn Levy is a free-lance writer born and raised in California. She lives in Los Angeles, but is most at home in a mountainside cabin near the Old Okum mine in the Sierra Nevada Mother Lode.

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