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Author Stillson, Richard T. (Richard Thomas)

Title Spreading the word : a history of information in the California gold rush / Richard T. Stillson.

Imprint Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2006.

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Description 1 online resource (viii, 274 pages, [10] pages of plates) : illustrations, maps, facsimiles
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-261) and index.
Contents Newspapers : credibility and information -- The marketplaces for information : guidebooks and maps -- To the trailheads : from advertisements to rumors -- On the trail : from printed guidebooks to mountain man experts -- Information and communications in California : maps, mail, and express -- The gold rush in 1850 : private communications and public information -- Appendix A. Selected booksellers' catalogs, 1844-1847 -- Appendix B. Prices and wages in the gold rush -- Appendix C. Classification of Kurutz bibliography -- Appendix D. Oregon-California trail guidebook title pages.
Summary Examines the ways in which easterners who traveled West during the California gold rush of 1849-51 obtained, assessed, and used information. By providing a historical context for assessing information and by viewing communication strategies as a core element of the gold rush itself, this book reveals a connection between media, myth, and reality.
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Subject California -- Gold discoveries -- Information resources -- History -- 19th century.
Communication -- Social aspects -- California -- History -- 19th century.
Mass media -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
California -- Guidebooks -- Bibliography.
California -- Maps -- Bibliography.
Publishers' catalogs -- United States -- Bibliography.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Stillson, Richard T. (Richard Thomas). Spreading the word. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2006 0803243251 (DLC) 2006004324 (OCoLC)64065848
ISBN 0803253001 (electronic bk.)
9780803253001 (electronic bk.)