By 1850, California had become a state -- the fastest journey to statehood in U. Where it bogged down for me was when it was following the stories of half a dozen people to get to California from across the world. This massive sea of people all hell bent on getting rich quick and how that jumpstarted the creation of California as a state. Where Rivers Die -- pt. This is a factual history rather than a novel, but my favourite character was the San Franciso store keep who publicized the gold rush so as to make his fortune selling equipment to the prospectors. I actually enjoyed that too mostly but it wasn't what I was expecting. He wrote of this adventure and became a popular person of the time.
Brands begins the setting in a narrative style, complete with picturesque scene-s The Age of Gold is an enjoyable read on the Gold Rush in California and its national and global effects, told through the diaries, anecdotes, and legends of various individuals involved. Richards outlines the links between the Gold Rush and the Civil War. Kind Of History Time of history: - 19th century Nationality? A highly readable account of the California Gold Rush. I have always been very interested in the subject of The Californian Gold rush but felt that this description took a lot of the exoticism out of the subject and was rather dry. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. It was a bit slow and too detailed for me. When the discussion wanders through the political machinations of gaining statehood or the boardroom sniping of railroad companies I got a little bored.
Where the narrative hews closely to individual stories of struggle, triumph, and loss the book is very engaging. Because of the insurance plan the family was on, they were faced with staying in place and paying a few dollars for the whole pregnancy, or moving to Austin and paying a few thousand dollars. The country was larger, richer, and more extensive but also more diverse. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. This canniness seems to cross over to an awareness of his circumstances, of how to take the next step in a career that has brought him to the lofty heights of the historical profession from unlikely roots as a traveling salesman of cutlery. What America Owes the World was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize in international affairs.
Paulin has been publishing good poetry for more than 25 years, but the rest of his background -- as a scholar of literature, as an essayist, and as a deeply political writer -- serves him well as he journeys across a large physical and mental landscape of rich historical and literary allusion. The Age of Gold is an enjoyable read on the Gold Rush in California and its national and global effects, told through the diaries, anecdotes, and legends of various individuals involved. It's not a fast or an easy read, but it's worth the time if you really want to learn about the people, the places and the great changes happening. He gives lucid details about each individual and their struggles to cross the great expanse of the United States. Brands effectively argues that the gold rush directly resulted in these events that transformed and shaped the United States in the 2nd half of the 1800s. Where the narrative hews closely to individual stories of struggle, triumph, and loss the book is very engaging. His books are known for their readability and narrative thrust.
It's no exaggeration to say that California was created by gold. In the years after the Gold Rush, American settlers remade the California landscape, harnessing nature to their vision of the good life. ~ He has written twenty-two books, coauthored or edited five others, and published dozens of articles and scores of reviews. He also mentions in an offhand way that he's doing a small book on the foreign policy of Woodrow Wilson, and that he'd like to do something one day on the evolving notions of equality in American public discourse. While these meticulous accounts have a certain merit, they may even deserve their own book, they felt out of place in a book on the Californian gold rush.
An important work of history. His writings have been published in several countries and translated into German, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. It also includes the lives of people who were already living in California, like Mariano Vallejo and William Sutter, and how they responded to the extremely rapid changes resulting from this massive infusion of mostly single male, very motivated people. Since that first semester, he has also lightened his burden by scheduling only Tuesday-Thursday classes. Brands is such a fantastic writer. Dealing with the Civil War means dealing with military history, and that means dealing with an audience of aficionados who will eat you alive if you put a regimental stripe on the wrong sleeve of a uniform.
If you love history you will love this book! He has authored 30 books on. I'd recommend it if you are into historical books that dive quite deep, otherwise I'd recommend something shorter. I found it an enjoyable read, but nothing remarkably special. This includes those who travelled from both the east coast and from across the seas all in the hope of striking it rich. The Gold Rush had a profound effect on the way Americans viewed their destinies, as the new get-rich-quick ethos prevailed over the old Puritan mores of hard work. Nevertheless the Silicon Valley-based boom and bust of the last decade was at least the indirect offspring of the California Gold Rush of the mid-19th century, according to historian H. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history.
The author has tied in many quotes from personal journals of people who witnessed or participated in the events described. 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. In fact it also spent very little time on the actual day to day operations of a gold mine, and not enough detail as to the mechanics. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. By 1850 it was pounding on Washington, D.
Click on a plot link to find similar books! But I felt a certain obligation to give it a try. Sutter, Marshall, Fremont, Stanford, Sherman, Hearst and Hoover - all known in Americ Informative. This book focuses primarily on the late 1840s-early 1850s Gold Rush in and to what was then the territory of California. The book delivers a good brief account of the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, a project occasioned by the Gold Rush. He's an expressive storyteller, constantly mobilizing his hands to emphasize a point. The Age of Gold also shed light on how the clamoring for California statehood helped set off the debates which led to the Civil War owing to its ability to tip the balance toward free states. Academics and casual readers alike will enjoy this book, which is remarkably engaging both in substance and style.