By Rand Richards
There were many books at the Gold Rush, yet dust, Blood, and Gold is the 1st to concentration completely on San Francisco because it used to be on the height of the gold frenzy. With a 'you are there' immediacy writer Rand Richards vividly brings to existence what San Francisco used to be like in the course of the landmark yr of 1849. according to eyewitness bills and formerly missed reliable documents, Richards chronicles the explosive development of a wide-open city rife with violence, playing, and prostitution, it all fueled by way of unbridled greed.
Everyone on the town from urban officers to the bottom gravedigger had one overriding aim—to get wealthy, amd the earlier the higher. even supposing gold was once the entice, many of the wealthiest participants in San Francisco collected riches no longer from gold mining yet from different endeavors. retailers who may possibly get their fingers on coveted items made huge gains. actual property speculators did even larger as costs for urban plenty escalated sharply within the gold-inflated financial system. urban officers proved greedier than m, surreptitiously changing municipal money and land less than their keep an eye on to their very own benefit.
Mud, Blood, and Gold eventually proves to be a cautionary story: the irrational habit unleashed by means of the lust for riches was once the undoing of many. by way of the top of 1849—a 12 months that had all started with such promise and excessive hopes—San Francisco had develop into a rat-infested, squalid quagmire the place thosewho had no longer made their "pile" discovered themselves engaged in a Darwinian fight for survival. sickness, suicide, and different motives resulted in a grim dying toll.
Despite the turmoil, it was once the lust for riches that reigned best and gave delivery to the town of San Francisco. That transcendent mania for immediate wealth—the first such in U. S. history—makes San Francisco's violent starting, with all its extra, a very epic American tale.
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Mud, Blood, and Gold: San Francisco in 1849 by Rand Richards