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The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream

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"Brands brings a colourful cast of characters to the attention of his readers. Beginning with Marshall, and his employer the Swiss settler John Sutter, his experience as a biographer is evident as he narrates the voyages of a number of emigrants (or argonauts as they become known) to San Francisco." Martin Padget, the Times Literary Supplement (read the entire Times Literary Supplement review)

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Publisher Comments:

By the Author of the Bestselling Pulitzer Prize Finalist The First American

When gold was first discovered on the American River above Sutter's Fort in January 1848, California was sparsely populated frontier territory not yet ceded to the United States from Mexixo. The discovery triggered a massive influx as hundreds of thousands of people scrambled to California in search of riches, braving dangerous journeys across the Pacific, around Cape Horn, and through the Isthmus of Panama, as well as across America's vast, unsettled wilderness. Cities sprang up overnight, in response to the demand for supplies and services of all kinds. By 1850, California had become a state — the fastest journey to statehood in U.S. history. It had also become a symbol of what America stood for and of where it was going.

In The Age of Gold, H. W. Brands explores the far-reaching implications of this pivotal point in U.S. history, weaving the politics of the times with the gripping stories of individuals that displays both the best and the worse of the American character. He discusses the national issues that exploded around the ratification of California's statehood, hastening the clouds that would lead to the Civil War. He tells the stories of the great fortunes made by such memorable figures as John and Jessie Fremont, Leland Stanford and George Hearst — and of great fortunes lost by hundreds now forgotten by history. And he reveals the profound effect of the Gold Rush on the way Americans viewed their destinies, as the Puritan ethic of hard work and the gradual accumulation of worldly riches gave way to the notion of getting rich quickly.

Review:

"Brands makes good use of a sparkling cast of characters....With solid research and a sprightly narrative, Brands's portrait of the gold rush is an enlightening analysis of a transformative period for California and America." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

In this richly detailed, panoramic saga, the acclaimed author of The First American brings to life the human dramas and commercial imperatives that spurred the California gold rush, and illuminates their lasting impact on the American landscape.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [509]-527) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385502160
Author:
Brands, H. W.
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
California
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
North American
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
240
Publication Date:
August 20, 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9.58x6.51x1.39 in. 1.83 lbs.

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Product details 560 pages Doubleday Books - English 9780385502160 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Brands brings a colourful cast of characters to the attention of his readers. Beginning with Marshall, and his employer the Swiss settler John Sutter, his experience as a biographer is evident as he narrates the voyages of a number of emigrants (or argonauts as they become known) to San Francisco." (read the entire Times Literary Supplement review)
"Review" by , "Brands makes good use of a sparkling cast of characters....With solid research and a sprightly narrative, Brands's portrait of the gold rush is an enlightening analysis of a transformative period for California and America."
"Synopsis" by , In this richly detailed, panoramic saga, the acclaimed author of The First American brings to life the human dramas and commercial imperatives that spurred the California gold rush, and illuminates their lasting impact on the American landscape.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [509]-527) and index.
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