This title examines an important historic event--the gold rush in California. Easy-to-read, compelling text explores the first discovery of gold and the creation of boomtowns in the West, issues with the Mexican government, military desertion, expansionism, and the environmental consequences of mining, key characters such as John Sutter, Samuel Brannan, Colonel Richard B. Mason, and President James K. Polk, the roles of journalism, transportation, and racial discrimination, the development of mining technologies and entrepreneurship, and the effects of this event on society. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and essential facts.
Author: Ava Fran Kahn
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Release Date: 2002
In 1848, news of the California Gold Rush swept the nation and the world. Aspiring miners, merchants, and entrepreneurs from all corners of the globe flooded California looking for gold. The cry of instant wealth was also heard and answered by Jewish communities in Europe and the eastern United States. While all Jewish immigrants arriving in the mid-nineteenth century were looking for religious freedoms and economic stability, there were preexisting Jewish social and religious structures on the East Coast. California’s Jewish immigrants become founders of their own social, cultural, and religious institutions. Jewish Voices of the California Gold Rush examines the life of California’s Jewish community through letters, diaries, memoirs, court and news reports, and photographs, as well as institutional, synagogue, and organizational records. By gathering a wealth of primary source materials—both public and private documents—and placing them in proper historical context, Ava F. Kahn re-creates the lives within California’s Jewish community. Kahn takes the reader from Europe to California, from the goldfields to the developing towns and their religious and business communities, and from the founding of Jewish communities to their maturing years—most notably the instant city of San Francisco. By providing exhaustive documentation, Kahn offers an intimate portrait of Jewish life at a critical period in the history of California and the nation. Scholars and students of Jewish history and immigration studies, and readers interested in Gold Rush history, will enjoy this look at the development of California’s Jewish community.
Author: Leonard L. Richards
Release Date: 2007-02-13
Award-winning historian Leonard L. Richards gives us an authoritative and revealing portrait of an overlooked harbinger of the terrible battle that was to come. When gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in 1848, Americans of all stripes saw the potential for both wealth and power. Among the more calculating were Southern slave owners. By making California a slave state, they could increase the value of their slaves—by 50 percent at least, and maybe much more. They could also gain additional influence in Congress and expand Southern economic clout, abetted by a new transcontinental railroad that would run through the South. Yet, despite their machinations, California entered the union as a free state. Disillusioned Southerners would agitate for even more slave territory, leading to the Kansas-Nebraska Act and, ultimately, to the Civil War itself.
Author: Leslie A. Kelly
Publisher: Sunbelt Publications
Release Date: 1997
Sesquicentennial commemoration discovery of gold by Marshall at Sutter's Mill, January 24, 1848. First ever coffee table book about California's gold rush area. Scenic photography depicts almost every historic building, landmark & site that remains from California's gold rush. California will heavily promote Gold Rush Discovery to Statehood Sesquicentennial 1998 through 2000. CALIFORNIA'S GOLD RUSH COUNTRY covers this period in detail. Fully indexed. Broad range of interest for history buffs, descendants of 49ers from across USA or anyone interested in California. Includes picture first nugget Sutter's Mill replica at Coloma, Sutter's Fort in Sacramento; gold rush towns of Mariposa, Hornitos, Coulterville, Jamestown, Sonora, Columbia, Angels Camp, Murphys, Mokelumne Hill, Jackson, Sutter Creek, Placerville, Coloma, Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Downieville, Marysville, Oroville & Weaverville & more. Segment on 49ers, California Trail & Panama Crossing. 9" X 12" vertical, 234 pages, foldout, 494 current color, 25 historic pictures. Kelly has illustrated Laura Ingalls Wilder Country (HarperCollins) & America's Amish Country. Trade discounts, STOP, Libraries 10% discount with payment. Les Kelly Publications, 15802 Springdale Street, Suite 14, Huntingdon Beach, CA 92649-1765, (714) 846-0437; FAX (714) 846-8858.
Follows the development of the gold rush in California starting in the 1840s, examining its effects on the economic, social, and political development of the area from early times through statehood and into the modern day.
Author: Richard S. Wheeler
Publisher: Forge Books
Release Date: 1998-08-15
The discovery of gold in the Sierras triggered the greatest migration in United States history, the gold rush of 1849. In this sweeping story of the rush to California by land and by sea, four young people discover what gold fever can do to a person's beliefs and values. But in the process, they find that there is one thing more important than gold: love.
Author: J. S. Holliday
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 1999
This book carries the story of the world's first gold rush from 1849 through the free-for-all decades of the 1860s and 70's and on to the climactic year 1884. J. S. Holliday describes California's transformation from the quietude of a Mexican hinterland to the forefront of entrepreneurial capitalism. He follows gold mining's swift evolution from treasure hunt to vast industry, traces the prodigal plunder of California's virgin rivers and abundant forests, and describes improvised feats of engineering, breathtaking in their scope and execution.
The California Gold Rush inspired a new American dream—the “dream of instant wealth, won by audacity and good luck.” The discovery of gold on the American River in 1848 triggered the most astonishing mass movement of peoples since the Crusades. It drew fortune-seekers from the ends of the earth, accelerated America’s imperial expansion, and exacerbated the tensions that exploded in the Civil War. H.W. Brands tells his epic story from multiple perspectives: of adventurers John and Jessie Fremont, entrepreneur Leland Stanford, and the wry observer Samuel Clemens—side by side with prospectors, soldiers, and scoundrels. He imparts a visceral sense of the distances they traveled, the suffering they endured, and the fortunes they made and lost. Impressive in its scholarship and overflowing with life, The Age of Gold is history in the grand traditions of Stephen Ambrose and David McCullough.
Have you ever wondered what life was like for miners and their families during the California Gold Rush? Learn about what their days consisted of, what they ate and wore, and more! Primary sources with accompanying questions, multiple prompts, A Day in the Life section, index, and glossary also included. Core Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing Company.
In 1848, a carpenter named James Marshall discovered that there was gold in the riverbeds of the Sacramento Valley. Gold fever quickly spread across the country and around the world. By the thousands, hopeful people left their homes, families, and jobs in search of their fortune. The California gold rush lasted for only seven years, but in that time it transformed California and affected the whole nation. People used their new riches to start businesses and build cities. People from many nations arrived to fill those cities. And in their quest for gold, the prospectors clashed with American Indians and set the stage for long-lasting tensions. Explore the history of the California gold rush. Track the important events and turning points that made this discovery a pivotal part of the westward expansion of the United States.