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Rush for Riches: Gold Fever and the Making of California Hardcover – June 8, 1999
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"The Odyssey had Homer, the Aeneid had Virgil. The California Gold Rush has J.S. Holliday. He has hit pay dirt again with RUSH FOR RICHESS" -- Sunset Magazine
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"Holliday combines careful scholarship, a graceful writing style, and rich illustrations into a powerful narrative that encompasses a wide array of historical subjectspolitical, economic, technological, environmental, social, and cultural. . . . The author is an accomplished and widely acclaimed researcher and storyteller."Malcolm J. Rohrbough, author of Days of Gold
"J.S. Holliday has produced a history as exciting as the gold rush itself. By carrying the narrative of this fascinating and complex event to the end of the century, he enables us to see its impact upon an urbanizing, industrializing America."Joyce Appleby, coauthor of Telling the Truth about History
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The index for "Rush for Riches" includes numerous references to the Indians of California and their situation and roles, during the Gold Rush, and in fact there has been no author that has been more sensitive to California's native Indians, in my opinion...
For example, this book discusses in detail such topics as the Indians being blocked from secularized missions, civil rights legislation, disease and mortality among the Indians, the extermination campaign against the Indians, their lifestyles and culture during this time, and it even discusses their use as mine laborers, mission workers, etc.
How anyone can have the insensitivity to rate this book any less than 5 full stars, is a mystery to me. It is by far the finest gold rush book EVER written, and if you read it yourself, you will find this out, for yourself.
Furthermore, this book was subsidized and co-published by the prestigious Oakland Museum of California, AND by the University of California, and its hardbound retail price is and was outrageously low, given its all- around quality. I do recommend the hardbound version, by the way.
I was looking for a book about the gold rush and am so glad I chose this one. The book contains just the right amount of information, not too much, and not too little. It's a quick read and very entertaining. As an added bonus, the book is full of pictures and maps that tie directly in with the text. The book begins when California is first settled by Mexicans and provides a complete history through the entire gold rush. I won't write a lengthy dialogue here, but just say that for any casual reader looking to educate himself/herself about the gold rush, what led up to it, what it was like for those involved - this is a fantastic book.