By David Vaught
"It is an excellent country," exclaimed Stephen J. box, the longer term U.S. superb courtroom justice, upon arriving in California in 1849. Field's pronouncement used to be greater than simply an expression of exuberance. For an electrifying second, he and one other 100,000 hopeful gold miners came across themselves face-to-face with whatever commensurate to their capability to dream. so much did not hit pay dust in gold. Thereafter, one illustrative workforce of them struggled to make a dwelling in wheat, farm animals, and fruit alongside Putah Creek within the decrease Sacramento Valley. Like box, they by no means forgot that first "glorious" second in California while something appeared attainable.
In After the Gold Rush, David Vaught examines the hard-luck miners-turned-farmers―the Pierces, Greenes, Montgomerys, Careys, and others―who refused to confess a moment failure, confronted flood and drought, continued enormous disputes and confusion over land coverage, and struggled to return to grips with the vagaries of neighborhood, nationwide, and global markets.
Their dramatic tale exposes the bottom of the yankee dream and the haunting outcomes of attempting to strike it rich.
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After the Gold Rush: Tarnished Dreams in the Sacramento Valley (Revisiting Rural America) by David Vaught