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Roar and the Silence
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Nevada’s Comstock Mining District has been the focus of legend since it first burst into international prominence in the late 1850s, and its principal settlement, Virginia City, endures in the popular mind as the West’s quintessential mining camp. But the authentic history of the Comstock is far more complex and interesting than its colorful image. Contrary to legend, Virginia City spent only its first few years as a ramshackle mining camp. The mining boom quickly turned it into a thriving urban center, at its peak one of the largest cities west of the Mississippi, replete with most of the amenities of any large city of its time.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 6-9
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xix-xxii
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  1. 1: A Glimmer of Opportunity: The Setting
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 2: The First Boom: Building the community
  2. pp. 21-44
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  1. 3: The First Boom: Building the Mines
  2. pp. 45-69
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  1. 4: Grief, Depression, and Disasters: Successes in the Midst of Failures
  2. pp. 70-90
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  1. 5: A Time of Bonanza
  2. pp. 91-118
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  1. 6: The Workers: Labor in an Industrialized Community
  2. pp. 119-142
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  1. 7: The International Community: Ethnicity Celebrated
  2. pp. 143-166
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  1. 8: The Moral Options: Sinners
  2. pp. 167-190
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  1. 9: The Moral Options: Saints
  2. pp. 191-214
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  1. 10: Princes and Paupers: Contrasts in Class
  2. pp. 215-234
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  1. 11: Over Time: Bonanza and Borrasca (1877-1942)
  2. pp. 235-257
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  1. 12: The Sequel to the Big Bonanza: Tourism and Television
  2. pp. 258-274
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 275-276
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 277-322
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  1. Bibliography and Bibliographical Essay
  2. pp. 323-342
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 343-356
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