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Against the vigilantes : the recollections of Dutch Charley Duane

Author: Dutch Charley Duane; John Boessenecker
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The California Gold Rush spawned many colorful characters but none more controversial than Charles P. "Dutch Charley" Duane. As chief enforcer for political boss David C. Broderick, Dutch Charley enjoyed power and prestige in San Francisco until his downfall at the hands of the vigilantes. In fact, the irascible Irishman attracted so much trouble in San Francisco during the 1850s that the Committee of Vigilance
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Dutch Charley Duane; Dutch Charley Duane
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dutch Charley Duane; John Boessenecker
ISBN: 0806131667 9780806131665
OCLC Number: 40925914
Description: xiv, 225 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Violent Life of Charles P. Duane --
1. Gold Rush San Francisco --
2. Flush Times --
3. Hard Citizens --
4. Dueling in the Gold Rush --
5. A Bullet for James King of William --
6. "Cora and Casey are Hanged!" --
7. Captured by the Vigilantes --
8. Exiled to Panama and New York --
9. Judge Terry and the Vigilantes.
Responsibility: edited, with an introduction and notes, by John Boessenecker.
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"The California Gold Rush spawned many colorful characters but none more controversial than Charles P. "Dutch Charley" Duane. As chief enforcer for political boss David C. Broderick, Dutch Charley enjoyed power and prestige in San Francisco until his downfall at the hands of the vigilantes. In fact, the irascible Irishman attracted so much trouble in San Francisco during the 1850s that the Committee of Vigilance outlawed him - twice."--Jacket.

"His memoir, originally printed in the San Francisco Examiner in 1881, was located and edited by John Boessenecker. Now published for the first time in book form, it reveals a charismatic ruffian who played many roles: gunfighter, fire chief, politician, shoulder-striker, bare-knuckle boxer, gambler, saloon keeper, and land squatter."--BOOK JACKET. "Boessenecker's introduction provides information that is crucial in judging the actions of the vigilantes who moved against Duane and his cohorts. At the same time, Against the Vigilantes is cultural history, filled with details about the fires that swept early San Francisco, prizefighting, dueling, and urban machine politics in the decade before the Civil War."--Jacket.

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