Gold: The California Story / Edition 1

Gold: The California Story / Edition 1

by Mary Hill
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520236807

ISBN-13: 9780520236806

Pub. Date: 08/01/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

Mary Hill's book chronicles this important chapter in California's history. Combining the narrative skill of the storyteller with the expertise of the geologist, Hill gives us a complete and fascinating picture of California gold - its origins in the Earth, the history of its discovery, techniques of mining it, and its uses in modern times. The excitement of the gold…  See more details below

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Mary Hill's book chronicles this important chapter in California's history. Combining the narrative skill of the storyteller with the expertise of the geologist, Hill gives us a complete and fascinating picture of California gold - its origins in the Earth, the history of its discovery, techniques of mining it, and its uses in modern times. The excitement of the gold rush is brought alive in these pages. But Hill also discusses the devastating costs - the extinction of the Native American tribes who had lived on the land for many centuries; the displacement of the Spanish-speaking residents (the Californios); and the silting of rivers from mining operations that led to severe flooding and ruined farmland.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520236806
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
317
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1The Gold That Changed a Nation1
2Whodunit?4
3Cry Gold!21
After the Rush31
4Rushing to Cash In35
Life in San Francisco54
5Outdoor Scholars62
Life in the Mines79
How They Mined the Gold86
6The Natural History of Placer Gold94
Mining the Dead Rivers105
7The Mud Flood114
8Mining in the Deep Dark133
All Dressed Up145
9The Big Picture149
The Moving Earth159
10Gold Comes to California167
California through the Ages174
11Out of the Mines, into the World179
Good-bye to the Central America200
12Lost and Gone Forever205
13Mining Gold for Fun and Maybe Profit217
14The Corporate Gold Rush and Its Disreputable Offspring227
15What Good Is Gold?243
Appendix257
Sources of Quotations277
Sources of Illustrations281
Suggestions for Further Reading287
Index293

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