San Francisco, 1846-1856: FROM HAMLET TO CITY
by Roger W. Lotchin
University of Illinois Press, 1997
Paper: 978-0-252-06631-3
Library of Congress Classification F869.S357L67 1997
Dewey Decimal Classification 979.461

      Now back in print with a new introduction by the author, this is the
        classic study of America's most admired instant city, from its days as
        a sleepy Mexican village, through the Gold Rush and into its establishment
        as a major international port. Roger Lotchin examines the urbanizing influences
        in San Francisco and compares these to other urban centers, doing so against
        a colorful backdrop of opium dens and other sinful institutions.
      This "almost shamefully readable book" will be of "dramatic
        interest to anyone concerned with American history, American cities, or--more
        fundamentally--the American character." -- The New Republic
      "Comprehensive and absorbing. . . . Roger Lotchin's prose style
        is brilliant, his research staggering, and his conclusions thought-provoking.
        This is urban history at its best." -- Kenneth T. Jackson, Columbia

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