The Poker Bride

The Poker Bride

The First Chinese in the Wild West

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Baker & Taylor
During the Gold Rush, a young Chinese concubine arrived by horse in Idaho gold country, where a white gambler soon won her in a poker game. She became Polly Bemis, the winner's legal, beloved wife. Polly emerged into public view only in 1923, a tiny old woman on horseback, her identity and story known only to a few old-timers.

Perseus Publishing
When gold rush fever gripped the globe in 1849, thousands of Chinese immigrants came through San Francisco seeking fortune. InThe Poker Bride, Christopher Corbett uses a little-known Idaho legend as a lens into this Chinese experience. Before 1849, the Chinese in the United States were little more than curiosities. But as word spread of the discovery of gold, they soon became a regular sight in the American West. In San Francisco, a labyrinthine Chinatown arose where Chinese smuggled into the country were deposited. Polly, a young Chinese concubine, accompanied her owner to a mining camp in the highlands of Idaho. After he lost her in a poker game, Polly found her way with her new owner to an isolated ranch on the banks of the Salmon River. As the gold rush receded, it took with it the Chinese miners, but left behind Polly, who would make headlines when she emerged from the Idaho hills nearly half a century later to visit a modern city and tell her story. The Poker Bride vividly reconstructs a lost period of history when the first Chinese sojourners flooded into the country and left only glimmering traces of their presence scattered across the American West.


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Retraces the story of the first Chinese men and women who journeyed to the American West during the California Gold Rush, focusing on the story of a Chinese concubine who was won in a poker game and lived out her life as a rancher's wife.
Retraces the story of the first Chinese men and women who journeyed to the American West during the California Gold Rush, using as a lens into this Chinese experience the little-known story of a Chinese concubine who was won in a poker game and lived out her life in the as a rancher's wife in the hills of Idaho.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802119094
Branch Call Number: 979.404 COR
Characteristics: xvii, 218 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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