In Darkest Alaska

Prior to the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1897, travelers returned from Alaska's Inside Passage with fascinating accounts of its wonders. Historian Robert Campbell demonstrates how these tourists served as shock troops of the gold rush by portraying Alaska as a "Last West" ripe for American conquest.

In Darkest Alaska
Travel and Empire Along the Inside Passage

Robert Campbell

2007 | 360 pages | Cloth $45.00 | Paper $24.95
American History
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Table of Contents

Prologue: Voyage to Brobdingnag
1. Continental Drift
2. Alaska with Appleton's, Canada by Baedeker's
3. Scenic Bonanza
4. Frontier Commerce
5. Totem and Taboo
6. Juneau's Industrial Sublime
7. Orogenous Zones: Glaciers and the Geologies of Empire
Conclusion: Inside Passage
Epilogue: Out of Alaska