Precious Dust: The American Gold Rush Era, 1848-1900

Precious Dust The American Gold Rush Era Precious Dust traces the experience of the hundreds of thousands of goldseekers who converged upon the American and Canadian West during America s great gold rush era Beginning with the ini

  • Title: Precious Dust: The American Gold Rush Era, 1848-1900
  • Author: Paula Mitchell Marks
  • ISBN: 9780688105662
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Precious Dust traces the experience of the hundreds of thousands of goldseekers who converged upon the American and Canadian West during America s great gold rush era, 1848 1900 Beginning with the initial stampedes to California s mother lode country and continuing on to the zealous pursuit of gold mixed with sand on the beaches of Nome, Alaska, author Paula Mitchell MaPrecious Dust traces the experience of the hundreds of thousands of goldseekers who converged upon the American and Canadian West during America s great gold rush era, 1848 1900 Beginning with the initial stampedes to California s mother lode country and continuing on to the zealous pursuit of gold mixed with sand on the beaches of Nome, Alaska, author Paula Mitchell Marks explores the various facets of the goldseekers adventures what propelled them westward, how they lived, how they met the myriad challenges of the journey and search, what kept them going or caused them to turn back, what sense they made of the whole enterprise As the book shows, the rushes provided the major impetus for the initial development of western regions in the mid to late nineteenth century, as well as a safety valve for restless dreamers and a laboratory for the American democratic experiment Marks clearly reveals the tensions inherent in nineteenth century American culture the differences between pre industrial ideas of success and later ones, between the American myth of abundance for all and the reality, between virulent racism and a democratic sense of fair play, between romantic appreciation of the land and exploitation of it, and between the American celebration of individualism and freedom and two quite different challenges to it the need for community commitment and the demands of a changing economic and social order In keeping with the new western historiography, Precious Dust deals not only with the roles and contributions of Anglo American and northern European males but with the experiences of minorities and of women and families It also illustrates the difficulties of separating the new critical interpretations of the frontier West as a place of failure, greed and exploitation from the old triumphalist view of the frontier story as one of tremendous positive energy and achievement The reader will note the staggering number of primary sources quoted in

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    1. Precious Dust: The Saga of the Western Gold Rushes by Paula Mitchell Marks was originally published in 1994. My paperback copy is 448 pages, including the notes, bibliography, and index. In the opening of her book, Marks tells us that: "In tracing the impact of this experience on the seekers, the book also traces some of the broader implications of the gold rushes that galvanized western communities, whole regions, and the nation itself for over half a century.In addition, this narrative shows h [...]

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