By Brian Roberts
Roberts issues to a long-neglected fact of the gold rush: a few of the northeastern forty-niners who ventured westward have been actually middle-class in foundation, prestige, and values. Tracing the stories and adventures either one of those males and of the "unseen" forty-niners--women who stayed again East whereas their husbands went out West--he indicates that, no matter what else the gold seekers deserted at the highway to California, they didn't easily flip their backs on middle-class culture.
Ultimately, Roberts argues, the tale instructed the following finds an neglected bankruptcy within the background of the formation of the center type. whereas the purchase of respectability displays one degree during this heritage, he says, the gold rush constitutes a moment stage--a uprising opposed to criteria of respectability.
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American Alchemy: The California Gold Rush and Middle-Class Culture (Cultural Studies of the United States) by Brian Roberts