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American Alchemy: The California Gold Rush and Middle-Class Culture

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California during the gold rush was a place of disputed claims, shoot-outs, gambling halls, and prostitution; a place populated by that rough and rebellious figure, the forty-niner; in short, a place that seems utterly unconnected to middle-class culture. In "American Alchemy," however, Brian Roberts offers a surprising challenge to this assumption.Roberts points to a ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published May 31st 2000 by University of North Carolina Press
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Kendra
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Based on his recent dissertation, this study of the culture of the California Gold Rush and the developing middle class is the best of its class. Highly academic and impeccably written, it is not an easy read but is well worth the effort.
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