In the spring of 1859 Horace Greeley, celebrated editor of the New-York Tribune, set off to explore the projected central route for a great transcontinental railroad line connecting the Mississippi Valley and the West Coast. ø Greeley traveled to California, primarily by stagecoach, and sent back a series of letters describing the scenery and human endeavor he encountered. He dismissed the plains as a region of "sterility and thirst." Of the new gold fields near Denver he predicted that they were only a modest representation of the rich veins that ran throughout the Rockies. He understood too that it would be those who mined the miners, rather than those who dug for gold, who would reap financial rewards. ø An inveterate reporter, Greeley commented on everything he saw, from prairie dogs to Mormons to the scenic wonders of the Yosemite valley. He was tireless in recounting economic possibilities for farmers, miners, ranchers, and merchants, ultimately concluding that much of the West was a vast, untapped resource waiting for courageous pioneers and innovative settlers.
Authors: Katrina J. Quinn,, Mary M. Cronin, Lee Jolliffe
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-07-12 - Publisher: McFarland
These new essays tell the stories of daring reporters, male and female, sent out by their publishers not to capture the news but to make the news--indeed to achieve star billing--and to capitalize on the Gilded Age public's craze for real-life adventures into the exotic and unknown. They examine the
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-03-26 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book breaks new ground, not only in its coverage of California, but also in its treatment of the role of cultural links in enhancing national loyalty, in its attention to many groups of people of color, including Chinese and Latinos, and what happened to them during the Civil War.