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Gamblers and Dreamers: Women, Men, and Community in the Klondike (Hardback)

Charlene Porsild

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ISBN 10: 0774806508 / ISBN 13: 9780774806503
Edité par University of British Columbia Press, Canada, 1998
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. The popular image of the Klondike is of a rush of white, maleadventurers who overcame great physical and geographical obstacles intheir quest for gold. Young, white, single American men carried forwardthe ideals and structures of the western frontier. It was a man sworld made respectable only after the turn of the century with thearrival of white, middle class women who miraculously swept out thecorners of dirt and vice and civilized the society. Theseimpressions endure despite recent attempts to correct them.Gamblers and Dreamers tackles some of the myths about thehistory of the North in the era of the gold rush. Though manyinhabitants came and went, Charlene Porsild focuses on the concept ofcommunity commitment to show that many put down roots. This in-depthstudy of Dawson City at the turn of the century reveals that the cityhad a cosmopolitan character, a stratified society, and a definitepermanence. It examines the lives of First Nations peoples, miners andother labourers, professionals, merchants, dance hall performers andsex trade workers, providing fascinating detail about those who lefthomes and jobs to strike it rich in the last great gold rush of thenineteenth century. In the process, Gamblers and Dreamers putsa human face on this compelling period of history. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780774806503

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Titre : Gamblers and Dreamers: Women, Men, and ...

Éditeur : University of British Columbia Press, Canada

Date d'édition : 1998

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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The popular image of the Klondike is of a rush of adventurers who overcame great physical and geographical obstacles in their quest for gold. Young, white, single American men carried forward the ideals and structures of the western frontier. It was a man’s world made respectable only after the arrival of middle-class women, who miraculously swept out the corners of dirt and vice and ‘civilized’ the society. Like many stereotypes, this picture is only partly true.

Gamblers and Dreamers tackles some of the myths about the history of the North in the era of the gold rush. Though many inhabitants came and went, Charlene Porsild shows that many put down roots. The picture she presents of Dawson City at the turn of the century reveals that it had a cosmopolitan character, a stratified society, and a definite permanenc. Porsild begins by looking at how First Nations peoples were affected by the hordes who arrived on their doorstep. She then explores the lives of miners and other labourers, professionals, merchants, dance hall performers, and prostitutes, providing fascinating detail about those who left homes and jobs to strike it rich in the last great gold rush of the nineteenth century. In the process, Gamblers and Dreamers puts a human face on this compelling period of history.

About the Author:

Charlene Porsild was born in the Yukon; her grandparents were two of the Yukon’s early pioneers. She teaches in the Department of History at the University of Nebraska and is editor of “Great Plains Quarterly.”

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