Fools of Forty-Nine, The
DESCRIPTION: Crowds head for California and the gold fields. En route they suffer poverty, hunger, and disaster -- and few find gold. "Then they thought of what they had been told, When they started after gold: That they never, in this world, would make their pile."
EARLIEST DATE: 1855 (Put's Original California Songster)
KEYWORDS: poverty hardtimes gold mining
FOUND IN: US(SW)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Sandburg-TheAmericanSongbag, p. 107, "(The Fools of '49)" (1 text found under "Sweet Betsy from Pike")
Scott-TheBalladOfAmerica, pp. 184-185, "The Fools of Forty-Nine" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "That Is Even So" (plot)
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