The Diary of a Forty-Niner

The Diary of a Forty Niner California The Gold Rush had begun gold seekers left their homes grabbed what they could and headed West to find their fortune This is the diary of one of those intrepid men and the tr

  • Title: The Diary of a Forty-Niner
  • Author: Chauncey L. Canfield
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 1849, California The Gold Rush had begun.300,000 gold seekers left their homes, grabbed what they could and headed West to find their fortune.This is the diary of one of those intrepid men, and the trials and tribulations that he faces in his search for riches From May 1850 through to June 1852 the life of Alfred T Jackson, one of the forty niners, was compiled by Chaun1849, California The Gold Rush had begun.300,000 gold seekers left their homes, grabbed what they could and headed West to find their fortune.This is the diary of one of those intrepid men, and the trials and tribulations that he faces in his search for riches From May 1850 through to June 1852 the life of Alfred T Jackson, one of the forty niners, was compiled by Chauncey Canfield Jackson s dream was that I would like to have enough capital so that I would not have to slave from sunrise till dark as I did on dad s farm But like many others who moved out west to find gold it was not easy He lived a truly wild existence during his time in the west, sleeping rough, panning for gold and fleeing from gunfights with his dog and his best friend First hand accounts of early settlements like Nevada City and Rock Creek are given as well as descriptions of Grass Valley, the Sierra Mountains and the North and South Yuba Valleys It is a rich and vivid depiction of gold mining with accounts of pioneer travelling overland, the infiltration of foreign workers, particularly Chinese miners, and contains many details of how forty niners like Jackson entertained themselves with the nuggets that they found and spent First published in 1906, this classic work provides a thorough insight into the real wild west and the life of the forty niners Chauncey Canfield 1843 1909 first published The diary of a forty niner in 1906 Albion Press is an imprint of Endeavour Press, the UK s leading independent digital publisher For information on our titles please sign up to our newsletter at endeavourpress Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks Follow us on Twitter EndeavourPress and on Facebook via on.fb 1HweQV7 We are always interested in hearing from our readers Endeavour Press believes that the future is now.

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    1. What a beautiful, simple, poignant book. I feel like it was a true and accurate snapshot of the life of a California foothill miner. Having grown up in the area, all I had was the remnants in old and dusty museums: pick axes, partial sluice boxes, tin cans. Sometimes we'd find these relics in our yard. This book gave me the quotidian story, as lived by two men, the dog they saved from a dog fight, and the braying jackass that was as regular (and annoying) as a crowing rooster. I loved it. It was [...]

    2. This book is so old . . .How old is it?The San Francisco Earthquake delayed its publishing.I, too, planned to read only a few pages of this book and could not put it down. According to the introduction by Oscar Lewis, Canfield was brought to California from New England at the age of seven. Later, (c.1900) he had an opportunity to share an office with Lewis Hanchett who had been a forty-niner (Not the football team but one of the guys who immigrated to California in search of gold. Mr. Hanchett a [...]

    3. I got this book out of the library with the intention of just reading a few passages here & there and ended up reading and completely enjoying every word. With the exception of the epilogue, it's written in a straighforward and rather charming manner, with satisfying details about the food, personal habits, etiquette, and mind-set of the day plus just enough technical information about how gold mining changed and evolved during the three years the author was there. There's some speculation o [...]

    4. Although I am not convinced it's a genuine diary of a forty-niner, I rate it five stars. It's a good, heart-warming narrative in the form of a diary of a young noble miner who makes his ways from rags to reaches in the high of the gold rush in California. At the same time, it's a story of getting mature, friendship and love. The characters' attachement to nature makes it truly unique. The book is a great read and I'm glad I spent 1,22 dollar on that!

    5. Diary of a straight-shooter: no alcohol, no gambling, no taste for prostitution, no violence. A refreshing perspective on life in the Gold Rush era and a particularly touching epilogue by the editor to boot. Read this book!

    6. Better than expectedI was captivated, and wanted to read more. Historical, and entertaining at the same time. I would recommend to anyone interested in an actual first hand account of the California gold rush.

    7. Best book I ever read. This will always be my favorite book due to the candid description of everyday life through the eyes of this miner. We are reading his diary, his thoughts. Just such an excellent book. Peter Jackson should make a movie out of it.

    8. a 49's storyAn enjoyable insight into a gold rush miner. Well but simply written. The book gave me an interesting look into the lives of these men.

    9. I read this book for work research and it was a fantastic read! I think the book would make a great movie.

    10. This was a fun, interesting read, especially if you grew up in the Nevada city area like i did. Really cool envisioning the area back in the gold mining days

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