The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream

The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream

H.W. Brands


“I have came upon it.” those phrases, uttered by way of the guy who first stumbled on gold at the American River in 1848, prompted the main extraordinary mass circulation of peoples because the Crusades. California’s gold drew fortune-seekers from the ends of the earth. It sped up America’s imperial enlargement and exacerbated the tensions that exploded within the Civil conflict. And, as H. W. manufacturers makes transparent during this spellbinding e-book, the Gold Rush encouraged a brand new American dream—the “dream of fast wealth, gained via audacity and strong luck.”
Brands tells his epic tale from a number of views: of adventurers John and Jessie Fremont, entrepreneur Leland Stanford, and the wry observer Samuel Clemens—side by means of part with prospectors, squaddies, and scoundrels. He imparts a visceral feel of the distances they traveled, the discomfort they persisted, and the fortunes they made and misplaced. remarkable in its scholarship and overflowing with existence, The Age of Gold is heritage within the grand traditions of Stephen Ambrose and David McCullough.

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