The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience

The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience

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By J.S. Holliday

When The World Rushed In was first published in 1981, the Washington Post predicted, “It seems unlikely that anyone will write a more comprehensive book about the Gold Rush.” Twenty years later, no one has emerged to contradict that judgment, and the book has gained recognition as a classic. As the San Francisco Examiner noted, “It is not often that a work of history can be said to supplant every book on the same subject that has gone before it.”

Through the diary and letters of William Swain--augmented by interpolations from more than five hundred other gold seekers and by letters sent to Swain from his wife and brother back home--the complete cycle of the gold rush is recreated: the overland migration of over thirty thousand men, the struggle to “strike it rich” in the mining camps of the Sierra Nevada, and the return home through the jungles of the Isthmus of Panama.

In a new preface, the author reappraises our continuing fascination with the “gold rush experience” as a defining epoch in western--indeed, American--history. This book is paperback and over

562 pages, Oklahoma Press

Check out what Sutter's Fort Docent Joan Cochrane had to say about this book:

The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience is "a collection of diaries, letters, and maps that tells the story of the Gold Rush. Some adventurers succeeded, some failed, but all had a fascinating story of life during the rush. Adults will love the authenticity of the letters and diaries. It engages the reader with everything from the maps of the journey west to letters addressed to William Swain at Sutter's Fort."