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Social Heritage

David Kipen

in San Francisco in the 1930s

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268807
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948877 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268807.003.0010
Social Heritage

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Of all the arts San Franciscans have practiced, the one they have most nearly perfected is the art of living, but hedonism is only one of the elements of which San Francisco's civilized social tradition is compounded. Not without reason did the Argonauts boast that no coward ever started for California and no weakling ever got there. The Gold Rush was composed almost entirely of young men, many in their teens, with a lust for adventure as strong as their lust for fortune. In this adventurers' paradise, ladies of joy reveled in a degree of latitude rarely heard of in the history of America. Any talents used to entertain the public were handsomely appreciated. Dr. D. G. Robinson, part-owner of the Dramatic Museum, was elected alderman in 1851 to reward him for the pleasure he had given by renditions of his “Random Rhymes.”

Keywords: San Franciscans; hedonism; San Francisco; social tradition; Argonauts; California; Gold Rush; history; America; D. G. Robinson

Chapter.  13330 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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