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The Barbary Coast: An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld

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The history of the Barbary Coast properly begins with the gold rush to California in 1849. If the precious yellow metal hadn't been discovered ... the development of San Francisco's underworld in all likelihood would have been indistinguishable from that of any other large American city. Instead, owing almost entirely to the influx of gold-seekers and the horde of gamblers, thieves, harlots, politicians, and other felonious parasites who battened upon them, there arose a unique criminal district that for almost seventy years was the scene of more viciousness and depravity, but which at the same time possessed more glamour, than any other area of vice and iniquity on the American continent. The Barbary Coast is Herbert Asbury's classic chronicle of the birth of San Francisco—a violent explosion from which the infant city emerged full-grown and raging wild. From all over the world practitioners of every vice stampeded for the blood and money of the gold fields. Gambling dens ran all day including Sundays. From noon to noon houses of prostitution offered girls of every age and race. (In the 1850s, San Francisco was home to only one woman for every thirty men. It was not until 1910 that the sexes achieved anything close to parity in their populations.) This is the story of the banditry, opium bouts, tong wars, and corruption, from the eureka at Sutter's Mill until the last bagnio closed its doors seventy years later.

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Asbury's classic chronicle explores the birth of San Francisco--a violent explosion from which the infant city emerged full-grown and raging wild. This is the story of the banditry, opium bouts, tong wars, and corruption, from the eureka at Sutter's Mill until the Great Fire.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781560254089
Author:
Asbury, Herbert
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
History - United States/20th Century
Subject:
San Francisco (Calif.)
Subject:
San francisco
Subject:
Crime
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
San Francisco (Calif.) Social conditions.
Subject:
San Francisco (Calif.) Moral conditions.
Subject:
Americana-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
107-438
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 10.5 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Asbury's classic chronicle explores the birth of San Francisco--a violent explosion from which the infant city emerged full-grown and raging wild. This is the story of the banditry, opium bouts, tong wars, and corruption, from the eureka at Sutter's Mill until the Great Fire.
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