Roar and the Silence: A History of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode

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The Roar and the Silence chronicles the area's history from its earliest days through the early twentieth century, when the lode finally gave out ant the Comstock sank into silent decay, and up to the present, when Virginia City and its environs found new life, first as a community of bohemians and artists, and more recently as a tourist attraction offering a taste of the frontier experience to visitors from around the world. James's text brings the Comstock to life again in all its complexity and boom-and-bust ...
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Overview

The Roar and the Silence chronicles the area's history from its earliest days through the early twentieth century, when the lode finally gave out ant the Comstock sank into silent decay, and up to the present, when Virginia City and its environs found new life, first as a community of bohemians and artists, and more recently as a tourist attraction offering a taste of the frontier experience to visitors from around the world. James's text brings the Comstock to life again in all its complexity and boom-and-bust excitement. This book offers a wealth of new information and insight into the history of one of the Old West's most storied areas.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 A Glimmer of Opportunity: The Setting 1
2 The First Boom: Building the Community 21
3 The First Boom: Building the Mines 45
4 Grief, Depression, and Disasters: Successes in the Midst of Failures 70
5 A Time of Bonanza 91
6 The Workers: Labor in an Industrialized Community 119
7 The International Community: Ethnicity Celebrated 143
8 The Moral Options: Sinners 167
9 The Moral Options: Saints 191
10 Princes and Paupers: Contrasts in Class 215
11 Over Time: Bonanza and Borrasca (1877-1942) 235
12 The Sequel to the Big Bonanza: Tourism and Television 258
Afterword 275
Notes 277
Bibliography and Bibliographical Essay 323
Index 343
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