The World Rushed in: The California Gold Rush Experience

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 562 pages
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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. 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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Review: The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience

User Review  - Jim Klingler - Goodreads

You don't have to be a history geek to enjoy this book. If you want to know day to day life during the important time of westward expansion in America, this book is the one to read. Diary style, easy ... Read full review

Review: The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience

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Interested in the Gold Rush? This is the definitive book. Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Prologue
25
A Migration of Strangers
45
Back Home
79
Fitting for a Start
87
Back Home
110
The Great California Caravan
111
Back Home
138
Back Home
266
A Perfect Labyrinth of Mountains
269
Back Home
292
In the Diggings
296
Back Home
338
The Great California Lottery
350
Back Home
383
Luck Is All
393

Tracks of the Elephant
143
Back Home
171
Black Hills and Sweetwater
175
Back Home
195
The Pacific Side
199
Back Home
221
The Humbug River
225
Back Home
243
Meeting the Summit
247
Coming Home
409
Epilogue
451
Appendix
459
Notes
466
Sources
508
Acknowledgments
541
Index
544
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About the author (2002)

J.S. Holliday is former Executive Director of the California Historical Society and of the Oakland Museum of California and Associate Professor of History at California State University at San Francisco

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