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

Charlene Porsild

Edité par University of British Columbia Press, Canada, 1998
ISBN 10: 0774806508 / ISBN 13: 9780774806503
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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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Language: English . Brand New Book. The popular image of the Klondike is of a rush of white, male 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 turn of the century with the arrival of white, middle class women who miraculously swept out the corners of dirt and vice and civilized the society. These impressions endure despite recent attempts to correct them. 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 focuses on the concept of community commitment to show that many put down roots. This in-depth study of Dawson City at the turn of the century reveals that the city had a cosmopolitan character, a stratified society, and a definite permanence. It examines the lives of First Nations peoples, miners and other labourers, professionals, merchants, dance hall performers and sex trade workers, 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. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780774806503

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Synopsis : 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.

Synopsis: A study of the experiences of the people who lived in Dawson City during the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 19th century. It examines four components of the community: native people; miners and labourers; prostitutes and entertainers; and the white-collar professional and mercantile sectors.

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