Seventy years ago, Pacific Historical Review published one of the journal’s first “special issues,” looking back on the California Gold Rush. The special issue came at a significant transitional moment in the study of the Gold Rush. In the late 1940s, historians had begun to turn away from nationalist and celebratory accounts of the Gold Rush and toward more critical perspectives. The influence of the World War II was acute, particularly in encouraging a more international perspective on the Gold Rush. (The full text of the 1949 special issue, “Rushing for Gold,” is available at http://phr.ucpress.edu/content/18/1.)
Rushing for Gold Redux
Andrew C. Isenberg is the Hall Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Kansas. He was guest editor of Pacific Historical Review’s 2017 special issue, “Alternative Wests: Rethinking Manifest Destiny,” and is the author, among other books, of The California Gold Rush: A Brief History with Documents (Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2018).
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Andrew C. Isenberg; Rushing for Gold Redux. Pacific Historical Review 1 May 2019; 88 (2): 336–344. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/phr.2019.88.2.336
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