Roaring Camp

Roaring Camp

The Social World of the California Gold Rush

Book - 2000
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Historical insight is the alchemy that transforms the familiar story of the Gold Rush into something sparkling and new. The world of the Gold Rush that comes down to us through fiction and film--of unshaven men named Stumpy and Kentuck raising hell and panning for gold--is one of half-truths. In this brilliant work of social history, Susan Johnson enters the well-worked diggings of Gold Rush history and strikes a rich lode. She finds a dynamic social world in which the conventions of identity--ethnic, national, and sexual--were reshaped in surprising ways. She gives us the all-male households of the diggings, the mines where the men worked, and the fandango houses where they played. With a keen eye for character and story, Johnson restores the particular social world that issued in the Gold Rush myths we still cherish.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [2000]
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780393048124
0393048128
Branch Call Number: 979.404 J637
Characteristics: 464 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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