The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience

The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience

by J.S. Holliday, Howard R. Lamar
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The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience

When The World Rushed In was first published in 1981, the Washington Post predicted, “It seems unlikely that anyone will write a more comprehensive book about the Gold Rush.” Twenty years later, no one has emerged to contradict that judgment, and the book has gained recognition as a classic. As the San Francisco Examiner noted, “It is not often that a work of history can be said to supplant every book on the same subject that has gone before it.”

Through the diary and letters of William Swain—augmented by interpolations from more than five hundred other gold seekers and by letters sent to Swain from his wife and brother back home—the complete cycle of the gold rush is recreated: the overland migration of over thirty thousand men, the struggle to “strike it rich” in the mining camps of the Sierra Nevadas, and the return home through the jungles of the Isthmus of Panama.

In a new preface, the author reappraises our continuing fascination with the “gold rush experience” as a defining epoch in western—indeed, American—history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806134642
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 12/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 568
Sales rank: 370,650
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations,
Foreword, by Howard R. Lamar,
Preface, by J. S. Holliday,
CHAPTER I. A Migration of Strangers,
CHAPTER II. Fitting for a Start,
CHAPTER III. The Great California Caravan,
CHAPTER IV. Tracks of the Elephant,
CHAPTER V. Black Hills and Sweetwater,
CHAPTER VI. The Pacific Side,
CHAPTER VII. The Humbug River,
CHAPTER VIII. Meeting the Summit,
CHAPTER IX. A Perfect Labyrinth of Mountains,
CHAPTER X. In the Diggings,
CHAPTER XI. The Great California Lottery,
CHAPTER XIII. Coming Home,

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this book was the best ever. this fun fulfilling adventure of william swain was very interesting! you've have got to get this book