Gamblers and Dreamers

Gamblers and Dreamers

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The popular image of the Klondike is of a rush of white, male adventurers who overcame great physical and geographical obstacles in their quest for gold. Young, white, single American men carried forward the ideals and structures of the western frontier. It was a man's world made respectable only after the turn of the century with the arrival of white, middle class women who miraculously swept out the corners of dirt and vice and 'civilized' the society. These impressions endure despite recent attempts to correct them. Gamblers and Dreamers tackles some of the myths about the history of the North in the era of the gold rush. Though many inhabitants came and went, Charlene Porsild focuses on the concept of community commitment to show that many put down roots. This in-depth study of Dawson City at the turn of the century reveals that the city had a cosmopolitan character, a stratified society, and a definite permanence. It examines the lives of First Nations peoples, miners and other labourers, professionals, merchants, dance hall performers and sex trade workers, providing fascinating detail about those who left homes and jobs to strike it rich in the last great gold rush of the nineteenth century. In the process, Gamblers and Dreamers puts a human face on this compelling period of history.She eventually made her way to Dawson, where she set up shop as a seamstress and dressmaker. ... class woman who laboured in traditionally female occupations throughout her life in the Yukon.2Ad Service sector work, whatever the wage, was ... Tappan Adney, one of the most famous chroniclers of the gold rush, remarked that the vast majority of Klondikers never actually mined but worked at manualanbsp;...

Title:Gamblers and Dreamers
Author: Charlene Porsild
Publisher:UBC Press - 2011-11-01

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