They Saw the Elephant by Joann Levy
Women in the California Gold Rush

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"The phrase ’seeing the elephant’ symbolized for ’49 gold rushers the exotic, the mythical, the once-in-a-lifetime adventure, unequaled anywhere else but in the journey to the promised land of fortune: California. Most western myths . . . generally depict an exclusively male gold rush. Levy’s book debunks that myth. Here a variety of women travel, work, and write their way across the pages of western migrant history."-Choice

"One of the best and most comprehensive accounts of gold rush life to date"ˆ–San Francisco Chronicle


About Joann Levy

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Levy is a frequent speaker on behalf of the gold-rushing women she discovered in nearly a decade of research. She has been featured in numerous television documentaries. She has won the 1999 Willa Award for Best Historical Fiction, and received the prize in 2001 after debuting at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
Published July 10, 2013 by University of Oklahoma Press. 289 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Gay & Lesbian, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In the literature of the Gold Rush, women have been generally neglected.

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