Wealth Woman

Kate Carmack and the Klondike Race for Gold

Deb Vanasse

Wealth Woman

Deb Vanasse

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

314 pages | 8 halftones, 2 maps | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781602232778 Published April 2016
With the first headlines screaming “Gold! Gold! Gold!” in 1896, the Klondike Gold Rush was on—and it almost instantly became the stuff of legend. One of the key figures in the early discoveries that set off the gold rush was the Tagish wife of prospector George Carmack, Kate Carmack, whose fascinating story is told in full here for the first time.

In Wealth Woman, Deb Vanasse recounts Kate’s life from her early years on the frontier with George, through the history-making discovery of gold, and on to her subsequent fame, when she traveled alone down the West Coast through Washington and California, telling her story and fighting for her wealth, her family, and her reputation. Recovering the lost story of a true pioneer and a fiercely independent woman, Wealth Woman brings gold rush Alaska to life in all its drama and glory.
Contents
Preface
1. Gold I Bring
2. They’re Coming Now
3. Fair Trade
4. Free to All White Men
5. Peculiar Privilege
6. A Troublesome Question
7. We Claim Them All
8. Sometimes We Had Plenty
9. Shove it Out Now
10. Good Gold, Losta Gold
11. A Lot of Thanks I Get
12. Treacherous Instincts
13. The Merry Jingle of Coins
14. Simply Too Good
15. Simply a Misery
16. Nowhere to Turn
17. All They Once Possessed
18. A High Standard
19. A Light Left On

Epilogue
Acknowledgements
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index
Review Quotes
Alaska Dispatch News
“A blend of narrative nonfiction and biography that offers the first in-depth look at Kate Carmack's life. The book is a formidable feat of research.”
Pacific Northwest Quarterly
“Vanasse’s carefully researched, beautifully written biography, Wealth Woman, helps to fill many of the information gaps in the chronology of Kate’s event-filled multi-cultural life. . . . There is much to learn, enjoy, and recommend in this book.”
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