By David Vaught
"It is an excellent country," exclaimed Stephen J. box, the long run U.S. ultimate courtroom justice, upon arriving in California in 1849. Field's pronouncement was once greater than simply an expression of exuberance. For an electrifying second, he and one other 100,000 hopeful gold miners discovered themselves face-to-face with anything commensurate to their capability to dream. so much did not hit pay airborne dirt and dust in gold. Thereafter, one illustrative team of them struggled to make a residing in wheat, cattle, and fruit alongside Putah Creek within the decrease Sacramento Valley. Like box, they by no means forgot that first "glorious" second in California whilst something 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 enormous disputes and confusion over land coverage, and struggled to return to grips with the vagaries of neighborhood, nationwide, and international markets.
Their dramatic tale exposes the bottom of the yankee dream and the haunting effects of attempting to strike it rich.
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After the Gold Rush: Tarnished Dreams in the Sacramento Valley (Revisiting Rural America) by David Vaught