American Alchemy

American Alchemy

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 long-neglected truth of the gold rush: many of the northeastern forty-niners who ventured westward… (more)

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (June 19, 2003)

Collection: Cultural Studies of the United States

Page count: 360 pages

Language: English


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