Dahlonega’s Gold brings to life America’s first major Gold Rush, the trail of Tears, the Civil War, and other turbulent events in both Dahlonega’s and America’s history through the experiences of Keziah Hamilton Cochran. A young bride when gold is discovered in 1829, she journeys with her husband Fate to north Georgia as he seeks their fortune. Gold fever brings for Keziah heartache, separation, sorrow, and finally fulfillment.
A Native of Dahlonega, the author Anne Dismukes Amerson grew up on the campus of University of North Georgia where her father taught from 1933 to 1963. In 1956, Amerson graduated from NGC and married fellow graduate Hinton S. Amos Amerson. In 1989, she began collecting oral history, writing “I Remember Dahlonega” for The Dahlonega Nugget until 1999. Her other books include four volumes of I Remember Dahlonega and Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square. She has received numerous awards for Historic Preservation, including the Governor’s Award in the Humanities in 2003.
“Dahlonega’s Gold continues the rich tradition of ‘history through story-telling’ that many have enjoyed in her popular I Remember Dahlonega books and articles,” said Robbie Niles, secretary of the Lumpkin County Historical Society. “Amerson illustrates the 1814-1900 period in American history through the love story of a quiet country girl who is swept along by the tide of the times. Keziah Hamilton Cochran became my friend as I read her story, and I was sorry when the book ended.”
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