A Golden State: Mining and Economic Development in Gold Rush California / Edition 1

A Golden State: Mining and Economic Development in Gold Rush California / Edition 1

by James J. Rawls
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520217713

ISBN-13: 9780520217713

Pub. Date: 06/01/1999

Publisher: University of California Press

Californias storied Gold Rush triggered momentous changes not only for the state, but also for the nation and the world. The economic impact of that epoch-making event is the focus of the second volume of the California History Sesquicentennial Series. The chapter contributors offer a range of perspectives, including commentaries that reflect the new scholarship of…  See more details below

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Californias storied Gold Rush triggered momentous changes not only for the state, but also for the nation and the world. The economic impact of that epoch-making event is the focus of the second volume of the California History Sesquicentennial Series. The chapter contributors offer a range of perspectives, including commentaries that reflect the new scholarship of environmental and resource history. Together, the essays and more than 90 illustrations show how the Gold Rush precipitated a veritable economic revolution whose effects continue to this day. Among the topics given a fresh interpretation are the relationship btween technology and society; the environmental impact from mining and the sudden increase in Californias population; the influence of the Gold Rush on agriculture, manufacturing, banking, and transportation; and its impact on the peoples and economies of Latin America, Europe, and Asia. The popular image of the independent prospector is also examined anew, as is the role of different groups of industrial workers, including Chinese, Mexicans, and women. The Gold Rush was a multiplier, an event that accelerated a chain of interrelated consequences that in turn accelerated economic growth. But it also touched a deep-seated nerve in the human psyche and unleashed economic forces, for good or ill, that transformed California forever into a Golden State.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520217713
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Series:
California History Sesquicentennial Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
325
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1A Golden State: An Introduction1
2Making Old Tools Work Better: Pragmatic Adaptation and Innovation in Gold-Rush Technology24
3Capitalism Comes to the Diggings: From Gold-Rush Adventure to Corporate Enterprise52
4"We all live more like brutes than humans": Labor and Capital in the Gold Rush78
5Environmental Changes before and after the Gold Rush105
6"I am resolved not to interfere, but permit all to work freely": The Gold Rush and American Resource Law123
7Mother Lode for the West: California Mining Men and Methods149
8Seeing the Elephant174
9The Gold Rush and the Beginnings of California Industry185
10From Hard Money to Branch Banking: California Banking in the Gold-Rush Economy209
11"Property of Every Kind": Ranching and Farming during the Gold-Rush Era233
12The Golden Skein: California's Gold-Rush Transportation Network250
13A Veritable Revolution: The Global Economic Significance of the California Gold Rush276
List of Contributors293
Index297

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