Gold Rush Manliness
Race and Gender on the Pacific Slope
The way that white miners interacted with these groups reflected their conceptions of race and morality, as well as the distinct political principles and strategies of the US and British colonial governments. The white miners were accustomed to white male domination, and their anxiety to continue it played a central role in the construction of colonial regimes. In addition to renovating traditional understandings of the Pacific Slope gold rushes, Herbert argues that historians' understanding of white manliness has been too fixated on the eastern United States and Britain. In the nineteenth century, popular attention largely focused on the West. It was in the gold fields and the cities they spawned that new ideas of white manliness emerged, prefiguring transformations elsewhere.
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"Vivid and lively, Gold Rush Manliness portrays the California and British Columbia gold rushes as contested, global events that tested and transformed emigrants and natives alike. This is Western History at its very best."—Joshua Paddison, author of American Heathens: Religion, Race, and Reconstruction in California
"Gold Rush Manliness revives and transforms the field of gender history in the nineteenth-century North American West. By recasting western gold rushes as important moments in the expansion of settler colonialism, Christopher Herbert constructs a sharp new analysis of how American and British imperial projects remade, and unmade, the meanings of manhood and whiteness in this era."—Stacey L. Smith, author of Freedom's Frontier: California and the Struggle over Unfree Labor, Emancipation, and Reconstruction
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