Gold Rushes and Mining Camps of the Early American West (Google eBook)

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Caxton Press, 1968 - History - 466 pages
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Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Caxton Press
Vardis Fisher and Opal Laurel Holmes bring together the stories of all of the remarkable men and women and all of the violent contrasts that made up one of the most entrhalling chapters in American history.  Fisher, a respected scholar and versatile creative writer, devoted three years to the writing of this book.
  

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Contents

Fact or Fiction the Blend of History and Legend
1
Gold What It 1s and Where It Is Found
13
The California Gold Rush
28
The Overland Journey
46
Other Gold Rushes
66
Life in the Camps
92
Transportation
113
Food Clothes and Lodging
134
Crime and Frontier Justice
272
Frontier Judges
282
Lawyers Juries and Jails
293
Badmen
301
The Vigilantes
320
Special Characters and Situations
352
Display of Wealth
362
Brave Men and Cowards
391

Camp Culture
153
Entertainment
172
Girls of the Line
196
Sports
214
Camp Angels
222
Crime and Justice
234
Some Problems in the Camps
236
Race Prejudice
252
Duels
403
Hoaxes
425
Tall Tales and Lost Treasures
433
Notes
445
Illustrations
448
A Selected Bibliography
453
Index
456
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Vardis Fisher was born in Idaho;  wrote most of his 35+ books while in Idaho; and remained an Idahoan his entire career despite going to Chicago and New York to study and teach.  A contemporary of Thomas Wolfe and others, Fisher's career has been marked by incredible success and controversy.  One of the icons of Western United States literature in the 20th century, he and his work remain an important part of the West's culture and history.

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