Tragedy of The Southern Mines: Susan Johnson’s Roaring Camp

A diverse world of miners, prostitutes, dance halls, and gambling houses gave way, by the end of the 1850s, to a racialized, class-stratified, American culture. In a funny way, the crisis wasn’t yet resolved, and still isn’t today. Roaring Camp isn’t just about the transformation of Gold Rush California; it’s about how the Southern Mines continue to be misrepresented in American cultural memory. Continue reading