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Susan Lee Johnson

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Name  Susan Johnson
Role  Historian
Awards  Bancroft Prize

Books  Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush
Education  Yale University, Carthage College

Susan Lee Johnson is an American historian.



In 1978 Johnson received her B.A. in history from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and later her M.A. at Arizona State University, and Ph.D. from Yale University in 1993. She is currently a professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI.


  • 2001 Bancroft Prize
  • 2007 National Endowment for the Humanities/Mellon Foundation Fellowship
  • Works

  • Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush. New York: W. W. Norton. 2000. ISBN 978-0-393-32099-2. 
  • The Lesbian Issue: Essays from Signs (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985), co-edited with Estelle Freedman, Barbara Gelpi, and Kath Weston. ISBN 978-0-226-26151-5
  • Kevin Starr and Richard Orsi, eds. (2000). "‘My own private life’: Toward a History of Desire in Gold Rush California". Rooted in Barbarous Soil: People, Culture, and Community in Gold Rush California. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-22496-4. CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  • “‘A memory sweet to soldiers’: The Significance of Gender in the History of the ‘American West,’” Western Historical Quarterly 24, no. 4 (1993). Reprinted in:
  • Clyde Milner ed. (1996) A New Significance: Re-envisioning the History of the American West, New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-510048-8
  • Mary Ann Irwin and James Brooks, eds. (2004). Women and Gender in the American West: Jensen-Miller Prize Essays from the Coalition for Western Women’s History. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 978-0-8263-3599-9. CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  • "The United States of Jessie Benton Fremont: Corresponding with the Nation", Reviews in American History, Volume 23, Number 2, June 1995
  • Vicki Ruíz, Ellen Carol DuBois, eds. (2000). ""Domestic" Live in the Diggings: The Southern Mines in the California Gold Rush". Unequal sisters: a multicultural reader in U.S. women's history. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-92516-7. CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  • References

    Susan Lee Johnson Wikipedia

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