They Saw the Elephant (Paperback)

Women in the California Gold Rush

By Joann Levy

University of Oklahoma Press, 9780806124735, 288pp.

Publication Date: September 5, 2014

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"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