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The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52: A Book of Gold Rush History and Stories Taken From "The Pioneer" Magazine (Hardcover)

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Dame Shirleys insightful narrative of life in new mining communities at the height of the California Gold Rush are lively and poignant, shedding light on the social life that accompanied this famous chapter in history. Collected and republished, these letters are mainly taken from a publication named The Pioneer, where many of Dame Shirleys humorous and interesting correspondences were published. Many detail the bars, hotels, stores and other establishments springing up in the vicinity of the mining operations, as formerly quiet and unsettled country districts became hives of activity in the space of mere months. Shirley details the culture springing up around the valleys and hills of California, as thousands of new miners and prospectors arrive with their families, all hoping to strike it rich. Many hailed not simply from the United States, but elsewhere too: suddenly, the California of the 1850s was home to a multicultural and exotic atmosphere, which Dame Shirleys observations bring out.
Product Details

Author: Dame Shirley

Language: English


Binding: Hardcover


Release Date: 2018-08-13

Pages: 124

ISBN: 0359022553

ISBN13: 9780359022557