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The Nature of Gold: An Environmental History of the Klondike Gold Rush
In 1896, a small group of prospectors discovered a stunningly rich pocket of gold at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers, and in the following two years thousands of individuals traveled to the area, hoping to find wealth in a rugged and challenging setting. Ever since that time, the Klondike Gold Rush--especially as portrayed in photographs of long lines of ...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by University of Washington Press
(first published January 1st 2003)
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I almost always enjoy the books I pick up from the Weyerhauser Environmental Series. Morse’s environmental history of the Klondike Gold Rush was not an exception. Morse examines the variety of contexts in which Klondike Gold rushers related to the natural world - from the food they ate and the animals they consumed to the modes of transportation they employed and the gold they extracted. In each of the chapters, Morse contends that “the miners’ diverse ways of moving themselves through the world ...more