Sea Routes To The Gold Fields - The Migration By Water To California In 1849-1852 by Oscar Lewis

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This is of more specialized interest than Lewis's other books (Silver Kings, The Big Four etc.).
This book draws from contemporary material in what was a most articulate migration for a portrayal of life aboard the coast bound steamers of 100 years ago. From the exuberant exodus to the voyage of many days; the initial seasickness, the latter boredom -- and diversions to combat it; the dangers of storm and shipwreck; of scurvy, cholera and yellow fever, which spread more quickly because of crowded conditions; of stops ashore and the Panama crossing; of women passengers -- marriage bound; of the costs of the trip; of the arrival and first impressions...
 

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Oscar Lewis was born in New York City in 1914 and grew up on a small farm in upstate New York. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University in 1940, and taught at Brooklyn College and Washington University before helping to found the anthropology department at the University of Illinois, where he was a professor from 1948 until his death. From his first visit to Mexico in 1943, Mexican peasants and city dwellers were among his major interests. In addition to The Children of Sanchez, his other studies of Mexican life include Life in a Mexican Village, Five Families, Pedro Martinez, and A Death in the Sanchez Family. He is also the author of La Vida: A Puerto Rican Family in the Culture of Poverty-San Juan and New York, which won the National Book Award, and Living the Revolution: An Oral History of Contemporary Cuba, with his wife, Ruth Maslow Lewis, and Susan M. Rigdon. Lewis also published widely in both academic journals and popular periodicals such as Harper's. Some of his best-known articles were collected in Anthropological Essays (1970). The recipient of many distinguished grants and fellowships, including two Guggenheims, Lewis was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He died in 1970.
 
Published April 16, 2013 by Oakley Press. 336 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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Don't let the choice of the exact date for two gold rush books by different publishers disturb you; use it instead for double display and special emphasis....This is of more specialized interest than his other books (Silver Kings, The Big Four etc.) but with Lewis' same facility in robust recapit...

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