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Precious as Gold Mobility and Family in The Gold Rush and Civil War

in The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327204
eISBN:
9780226327228
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327228.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter describes how mail came to assume a particular burden in the maintenance of long-term relationships that were threatened (or simply structured) by physical separation, especially of ... More


How did International Bimetallism Work? A Monetary Theory

Marc Flandreau

in The Glitter of Gold: France Bimetallism and the Emergence of the International Gold Standard 1848-1873

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2004
ISBN:
9780199257867
eISBN:
9780191601279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199257868.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Chapter 7 provides a model of the operation of bimetallism as a global system, 1850-1870. It argues that the limited impact that the Gold Rush had on price levels can be primarily explained as ... More


Introduction

Mark Kanazawa

in Golden Rules: The Origins of California Water Law in the Gold Rush

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226258676
eISBN:
9780226258706
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226258706.003.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Chapter 1 provides the basic motivation for the book, which is to understand the origins of California water law and the development and use of water as a central part of how gold mining is done. It ... More


Free Mining from Medieval Europe to the Gold Rushes

Anthony Scott

in The Evolution of Resource Property Rights

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780198286035
eISBN:
9780191718410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198286035.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

The chapter begins by describing ‘free mining’ in Europe from the Dark Ages to the nineteenth century. The free miner was ‘free’ from most feudal obligations, ‘free’ to explore by roaming his lord's ... More


Boomtown: Tumult and Triumph in Gold Rush San Francisco

Fred Rosenbaum

in Cosmopolitans: A Social and Cultural History of the Jews of the San Francisco Bay Area

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520259133
eISBN:
9780520945029
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520259133.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

San Francisco came into being with the suddenness of an explosion. The discovery of gold in the Sierra foothills in 1848 triggered an influx to Northern California of a quarter of a million people, ... More


Lamanites in the Pacific

Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow

in Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195375732
eISBN:
9780199918300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375732.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In 1851, Pratt became the leader of Mormon missionary activities in the Pacific Basin, including northern California, Hawaii, the Society Islands, and Australia. Traveling with a small group of ... More


Bimetallic Exchange Rates: An Exploration

Marc Flandreau

in The Glitter of Gold: France Bimetallism and the Emergence of the International Gold Standard 1848-1873

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2004
ISBN:
9780199257867
eISBN:
9780191601279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199257868.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Chapter 3 provides an analysis of international arbitrage focusing on the exchange market between Paris and London. Resting on a new methodology to study exchange rate relations, this chapter shows ... More


The Glitter of Gold: France Bimetallism and the Emergence of the International Gold Standard 1848-1873

Marc Flandreau

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2004
ISBN:
9780199257867
eISBN:
9780191601279
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199257868.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

The Glitter of Gold studies the so far unexplored operation of the international monetary system that prevailed before the emergence of the international gold standard in 1873. Conventional wisdom ... More


Capturing California

Joshua Paddison

in Taming the Elephant: Politics, Government, and Law in Pioneer California

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520234116
eISBN:
9780520936485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520234116.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter describes some of the visual archival materials that vividly illustrate political and governmental activity and the people associated with it. A tension between order and chaos ran ... More


The Isthmus during and after the “Fiebre del Oro,” 1849–1861

James P. Delgado, Tomás Mendizábal, Frederick H. Hanselmann, and Dominique Rissolo

in The Maritime Landscape of the Isthmus of Panamá

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813062877
eISBN:
9780813051826
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062877.003.0007
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

Chapter 6 examines the reinstatement of the isthmus into global maritime trade as a result of the California Gold Rush, tracing the impacts of that reengagement on Panamá, including de facto American ... More


Cosmopolitans: A Social and Cultural History of the Jews of the San Francisco Bay Area

Fred Rosenbaum

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520259133
eISBN:
9780520945029
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520259133.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Levi Strauss, A.L. Gump, Yehudi Menuhin, Gertrude Stein, Adolph Sutro, Congresswoman Florence Prag Kahn—Jewish people have been so enmeshed in life in and around San Francisco that their story is a ... More


But Things Will Soon Take Change: Race and Power in Gold Rush San Francisco

Tomás F. Jr. Summers Sandoval

in Latinos at the Golden Gate: Creating Community and Identity in San Francisco

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9781469607665
eISBN:
9781469612720
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469607665.003.0002
Subject:
History, Latin American History

This chapter examines seemingly contradictory positions—where Latinos are objects of both racial violence and municipal protection—analyzing their emergence from within the story of the California ... More


Nahoa’s Tears: Gold, Dreams, and Diaspora in California

Gregory Rosenthal

in Beyond Hawai'i: Native Labor in the Pacific World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780520295063
eISBN:
9780520967960
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520295063.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Meanwhile, the California Gold Rush opened up yet another front in the Hawaiian migrant experience. Eighteen-year-old Henry Nahoa wrote a letter home from California’s Sierra Nevada mountains in the ... More


Gateways and Gates in American Immigration History

Madeline Y. Hsu

in The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164021
eISBN:
9781400866373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164021.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter discusses how Asian Americans have featured most prominently in U.S. history in the Gold Rush period—as workers on the transcontinental railroad, and as the innocent victims of ... More


Social Heritage

David Kipen

in San Francisco in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the City by the Bay

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520268807
eISBN:
9780520948877
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520268807.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Of all the arts San Franciscans have practiced, the one they have most nearly perfected is the art of living, but hedonism is only one of the elements of which San Francisco's civilized social ... More


The Uses of the Valley

Robert W. Righter

in The Battle Over Hetch Hetchy: America's Most Controversial Dam and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195149470
eISBN:
9780199788934
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149470.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Miwok Indians from the Central Valley and Piute Indians from east of the Sierra Nevada were the first peoples to inhabit the Hetch Hetchy Valley. They were transient inhabitants, spending the summer ... More


Transcendental Burlesque: Reorienting Manifest Destiny

Paul Giles

in Antipodean America: Australasia and the Constitution of U. S. Literature

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199301560
eISBN:
9780199369218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199301560.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, World Literature

This chapter discusses how Australia is represented in Melville’s fiction as an epitome of British colonial legacies and as a figure of alterity, based on the country’s geographical position in the ... More


Engineering Nature: Water, Development, and the Global Spread of American Environmental Expertise

Jessica B. Teisch

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834435
eISBN:
9781469603513
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807878019_teisch
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

Focusing on globalization in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this book examines the processes by which American water and mining engineers who rose to prominence during and after ... More


Prospecting for Souls in San Francisco

Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow

in Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195375732
eISBN:
9780199918300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375732.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Pratt returned to San Francisco on a second mission between summer 1854 and summer 1855, during which he again supervised missionaries throughout the Pacific. Pratt also wrote the bulk of his lively ... More


Canal Dreams and Realities, 1861–1902

James P. Delgado, Tomás Mendizábal, Frederick H. Hanselmann, and Dominique Rissolo

in The Maritime Landscape of the Isthmus of Panamá

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813062877
eISBN:
9780813051826
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062877.003.0008
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

Chapter 7 discusses the post–Gold Rush period, the French canal, and Panamá’s maritime activities up to the end of the nineteenth century, with a look at the shipwrecks along the Panamá Route.


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