San Francisco, 1846-1856

From Hamlet to City
Author: Roger W. Lotchin
Paper – $34
Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1997
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About the Book

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.



"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 University