Rooted in Barbarous Soil People, Culture and Community in Gold Rush California

ISBN-10: 0520224965
ISBN-13: 9780520224964
Edition: 2000
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Description: Perhaps never in the time-honored American tradition of frontiering did "civilization" appear to sink so low as in gold rush California. A mercurial economy swung from boom to bust, and back again, rendering everyone's fortunes ephemeral.  More...

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List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/4/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 374
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Perhaps never in the time-honored American tradition of frontiering did "civilization" appear to sink so low as in gold rush California. A mercurial economy swung from boom to bust, and back again, rendering everyone's fortunes ephemeral. Competition, jealousy, and racism fueled individual and mass violence. Yet, in the very midst of this turbulence, social and cultural forms emerged, gained strength, spread, and took hold.Rooted in Barbarous Soil,Volume 3 in the four-volume California History Sesquicentennial Series, is the only book of its kind to examine gold rush society and culture, to present modern interpretations, and to gather up-to-date bibliographies of its topics. Chapters by leading scholars in their respective fields explore a range of topics including migration and settlement; ethnic diversity, assimilation, cooperation, and conflict; the dispossession of Indians and the Californios; the founding of schools and universities; urban life; women in early California; the sexual frontier; and the development of religion, art, literature, and popular culture. Many rarely seen illustrations supplement the text.

Kevin Starr was born on September 3, 1940 in San Francisco, California. He received his BA Degree from the University of San Francisco and his MA Degree in 1965 and his PhD in American literature from Harvard University in 1969. He is a historian known for his series on the history of California entitled "America and the California Dream." He has been a professor at several universities including Berkeley and Stanford. He has written several works including Coast of Dreams and Golden Gate.

Preface
Rooted in Barbarous Soil: An Introduction to Gold Rush Society and Culture
No Boy's Play: Migration and Settlement in Early Gold Rush California
A People of Exceptional Character: Ethnic Diversity, Nativism, and Racism in the California Gold Rush
"Because he is a liar and a thief": Conquering the Residents of "Old" California, 1850-1880
"All hands have gone downtown": Urban Places in Gold Rush California
Weaving a Different World: Women and the California Gold Rush
"As jolly as a clam at high water": The Rise of Art in Gold Rush California
Romancing the Gold Rush: The Literature of the California Frontier
From Indifference to Imperative Duty: Educating Children in Early California
Phelan's Cemetery: Religion in the Urbanizing West, 1850-1869, in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento
Popular Culture on the Golden Shore
"My own private life": Toward a History of Desire in Gold Rush California
List of Contributors
Index

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