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We the Miners

Self-Government in the California Gold Rush

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$39.95 • £31.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674248113

Publication Date: 06/28/2022


336 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


  • Introduction
  • 1. Before Property
  • 2. Powerless Judges and Discharged Soldiers
  • 3. Indian Miners
  • 4. The Mining Codes
  • 5. Resolving Disputes
  • 6. Cooperation and Conflict with Mining Companies
  • 7. Lynch Trials and Frontier Criminal Law
  • 8. Trial by Judge Lynch
  • 9. Whipping, Branding, and Hanging
  • 10. The End of the Hangtown Oak
  • 11. Massacring Indians and Ejecting Spanish Speakers
  • 12. Outside Capital and the End of the Gold Rush
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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