By David Vaught
"It is a wonderful country," exclaimed Stephen J. box, the longer term U.S. ultimate court docket 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 upon themselves face-to-face with whatever commensurate to their capability to dream. such a lot did not hit pay dust in gold. Thereafter, one illustrative team of them struggled to make a residing in wheat, farm animals, and fruit alongside Putah Creek within the reduce Sacramento Valley. Like box, they by no means forgot that first "glorious" second in California whilst whatever 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 huge disputes and confusion over land coverage, and struggled to come back to grips with the vagaries of neighborhood, nationwide, and global markets.
Their dramatic tale exposes the bottom of the yankee dream and the haunting results of attempting to strike it rich.
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