They Saw the Elephant (Paperback)
Women in the California Gold Rush
University of Oklahoma Press, 9780806124735, 288pp.
Publication Date: September 5, 2014
"The phrase 'seeing the elephant' symbolized for '49 gold rushers the exotic, the mythical, the once-in-a-lifetime adventure, unequaled anywhere else but in the journey to the promised land of fortune: California. Most western myths . . . generally depict an exclusively male gold rush. Levy's book debunks that myth. Here a variety of women travel, work, and write their way across the pages of western migrant history."-Choice
"One of the best and most comprehensive accounts of gold rush life to date" -San Francisco Chronicle