By David Vaught
"It is an excellent country," exclaimed Stephen J. box, the longer term U.S. superb courtroom justice, upon arriving in California in 1849. Field's pronouncement used to be greater than simply an expression of exuberance. For an electrifying second, he and one other 100,000 hopeful gold miners chanced on themselves face-to-face with anything commensurate to their ability to dream. so much did not hit pay airborne dirt and dust in gold. Thereafter, one illustrative crew 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 whatever 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, persevered huge disputes and confusion over land coverage, and struggled to return to grips with the vagaries of neighborhood, nationwide, and global markets.Their dramatic tale exposes the bottom of the yank dream and the haunting effects of attempting to strike it wealthy. (2007)
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When rumors of his shady past began to surface during the campaign, thirty-three former residents of Kenosha declared their loyalty to “the good General” in a circular published in the Sacramento Daily Union, which put the issue to rest. Fire, ﬂooding, and a cholera epidemic marred his one year in oªce, but he remained popular enough to be elected city comptroller in 1853. 21 That was not enough to satisfy him, however. Simply unable to sit still, Hutchinson set out to reestablish himself in agriculture as well.
When herds of “American” cattle (mongrel breeds from the Midwest) were driven overland to California from the Ohio Valley and the Missouri frontier in the wake of the gold rush, stockmen such as Chiles and Davis intentionally crossed them with native “Mexican” herds, preferring quantity over quality. 19 Hutchinson and Davis, in particular, made sure that this whirlwind of activity along Putah Creek did not go unnoticed. Not averse to promoting themselves, they were, in e¤ect, among the ﬁrst in a long line of boosters of California agriculture.
What, they surely asked, must their family have been thinking? After leaving Kenosha with such bright prospects and high expectations, how could they explain their failures to the folks back home? Prolonged periods of introspection must have only made things worse. It is little wonder, therefore, that Washington never mentioned their experiences in the goldﬁelds in his daily journals later on in life, despite his penchant for reminiscing at length. 17 Homesick yet too ashamed to return home, the Pierces turned to what they knew best and to familiar faces.
After the Gold Rush: Tarnished Dreams in the Sacramento Valley (Revisiting Rural America) by David Vaught