The Nature of Gold: An Environmental History of the Klondike Gold Rush

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University of Washington Press, 2003 - History - 290 pages
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In 1896, a small group of prospectors discovered a stunningly rich pocket of gold at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers, and in the following two years thousands of individuals traveled to the area, hoping to find wealth in a rugged and challenging setting. Ever since that time, the Klondike Gold Rush - especially as portrayed in photographs of long lines of gold seekers marching up Chilkoot Pass - has had a hold on the popular imagination.
 

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Morse (history, Middlebury Coll.) uses the diaries and letters of the miners themselves to offer an environmental perspective on the Klondike Gold Rush. The politics and society of the 1890s, a period ... Read full review

Contents

On the Chilkoot
3
The Culture of God
16
The Nature of the Journey
40
The Culture of the Journey
67
The Nature of Gold Mining
89
The Culture of Gold Mining
115
The Nature Culture of Food
138
The Nature Culture and Value
166
Nature Culture and Value
191
Notes
203
Selected Bibliography
255
Index
275
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Peter Kunstadter is recently retired from the University of California, San Francisco.

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