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ISBN13: 9780671255381
ISBN10: 067125538x
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The World Rushed In is a pioneering achievement in historical writing, at once a personal, intimate story of one man's search for wealth and the definitive account of the California gold rush. Building upon the copious journals of gold seeker William Swain and enlarging upon his experiences through the imaginative interweaving of his diaries with the letters of hundreds of other '49ers, J. S. Holliday gives the reader a compelling opportunity to be part of one of America's most exciting and important adventures. Holliday captures the triumphs and tragedies of Swain and his compatriots in vivid, human terms, from the dangerous journey across the plains and mountains to the rugged mining camps of northern California. This is history at its very best.

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The World Rushed In is a pioneering achievement in historical writing, at once a personal, intimate story of one man's search for wealth and the definitive account of the California gold rush. Building upon the copious journals of gold seeker William Swain and enlarging upon his experiences through the imaginative interweaving of his diaries with the letters of hundreds of other '49ers, J. S. Holliday gives the reader a compelling opportunity to be part of one of America's most exciting and important adventures. Holliday captures the triumphs and tragedies of Swain and his compatriots in vivid, human terms, from the dangerous journey across the plains and mountains to the rugged mining camps of northern California. This is history at its very best.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Author's Note

Prologue

CHAPTER I A Migration of Strangers

Back Home

CHAPTER II Fitting for a Start

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CHAPTER III The Great California Caravan

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CHAPTER IV Tracks of the Elephant

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CHAPTER V Black Hills and Sweetwater

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CHAPTER VI The Pacific Side

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CHAPTER VII The Humbug River

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CHAPTER VIII Meeting the Summit

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CHAPTER IX A Perfect Labyrinth of Mountains

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CHAPTER X In the Diggings

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CHAPTER XI The Great California Lottery

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CHAPTER XII Luck Is All

CHAPTER XIII Coming Home

Epilogue

Appendix

Notes

Sources

Index

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melaniesmuse, August 28, 2012 (view all comments by melaniesmuse)
Holliday puts you there, walking beside an educated fellow from a comfortable farm in the east, lured, like the masses, of getting rich quick. Weaving personal letters and journal entries into the harsh reality of the Sierra Nevada's unforgiving wilderness, I promise you will ask yourself countless times: What would I do in his shoes? If you only read one book about what changed California and the world at human scale in 1849, it is this one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780671255381
Author:
Holliday, J. S.
Publisher:
Touchstone
Author:
Holliday, J. S.
Subject:
California
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Pioneers
Subject:
State
Subject:
Gold discoveries
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
June 1983
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6 in 28.665 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The World Rushed In is a pioneering achievement in historical writing, at once a personal, intimate story of one man's search for wealth and the definitive account of the California gold rush. Building upon the copious journals of gold seeker William Swain and enlarging upon his experiences through the imaginative interweaving of his diaries with the letters of hundreds of other '49ers, J. S. Holliday gives the reader a compelling opportunity to be part of one of America's most exciting and important adventures. Holliday captures the triumphs and tragedies of Swain and his compatriots in vivid, human terms, from the dangerous journey across the plains and mountains to the rugged mining camps of northern California. This is history at its very best.
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