Ame Shirleys California Gold Rush Experience

 A delicate, educated woman living in a community of rough male miners, Dame Shirley was too atypical to be a reliable source on Gold Rush society. Her status as a protected wife prevented her from seeing the realities of mining camp life.

Use this quotation as a point of departure for a short essay on The Shirley Letters. Do not just summarize the book, but use material from it to support your ideas on the issues raised by the quotation.

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