Rooted in Barbarous Soil
People, Culture and Community in Gold Rush California
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Rooted in Barbarous Soil by Kevin Starr
Book DescriptionPerhaps never in the time-honored American tradition of frontiering did 'civilization' appear to sink so low as in gold rush California. A mercurial economy swung from boom to bust, and back again, rendering everyone's fortunes ephemeral. Competition, jealousy, and racism fueled individual and mass violence. Yet, in the very midst of this turbulence, social and cultural forms emerged, gained strength, spread, and took hold. "Rooted in Barbarous Soil, Volume 3" in the four-volume "California History Sesquicentennial Series", is the only book of its kind to examine gold rush society and culture, to present modern interpretations, and to gather up-to-date bibliographies of its topics. Chapters by leading scholars in their respective fields explore a range of topics including migration and settlement; ethnic diversity, assimilation, cooperation, and conflict; the dispossession of Indians and the Californios; the founding of schools and universities; urban life; women in early California; the sexual frontier; and, the development of religion, art, literature, and popular culture. Many rarely seen illustrations supplement the text.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520224964
(254mm x 178mm x 25mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United States
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Golden Dreams, Paperback (September 2011)
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California (A History), Paperback (March 2007)» View all books by Kevin Starr
California has always been Shangri-la-the promised land of countless pilgrims in search of the American Dream. From the age of exploration to the age of Arnold, this is the story of a place at once quintessentially American. It features black and white photos throughout.
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Author Biography - Kevin Starr
Kevin Starr is California State Librarian and University Professor at the University of Southern California. He is the author of the acclaimed multi-volume series Americans and the California Dream (1973-1998). Richard J. Orsi is Professor of History at California State University, Hayward, and editor of California History. He is the coeditor of Contested Eden: California before the Gold Rush (California, 1998) and A Golden State: Mining and Economic Development in Gold Rush California (California, 1999).
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