Daily Life during the California Gold Rush

Author: Thomas Maxwell-Long
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313363108
Release Date: 2014-09-09
Genre: History

This comprehensive narrative history of the California Gold Rush describes daily life during this historic period, documenting its wide-reaching effects and examining the significant individuals and organizations of the time. • Contains excerpts from California Gold Rush diaries and California Gold Rush era publications • Provides a chronology of the events leading up to the Gold Rush, the event itself, and the greater outgrowth of historical change afterwards • Includes maps distinguishing the location of the mining towns during the California Gold Rush as well as provocative vintage images from the Gold Rush era • An extensive bibliography provides primary and secondary sources on the Gold Rush • A comprehensive glossary defines Gold Rush terms

Life During the California Gold Rush

Author: Bethany Onsgard
Publisher: ABDO
ISBN: 9781629694436
Release Date: 2015-01-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

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.

The California Gold Rush

Author: Kerri O'Donnell
Publisher: Rosen Classroom
ISBN: 1404251316
Release Date: 2005-01-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Gives facts about the discovery of gold in California and the daily life of a gold miner, and shows how to use multiplication and division to determine further information.

The California Gold Rush

Author: Peter Benoit
Publisher: Childrens Press
ISBN: 0531230538
Release Date: 2012-09-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Discusses the events surrounding the nineteenth-century gold rush in California, the lifestyle of miners, and the phenomena of boom towns and ghost towns.

The Gold Rush

Author: Stuart A. Kallen
Publisher: Kidhaven
ISBN: 073770957X
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Portrays life in California from the discovery of gold in 1848 through the chaos of the next two years, as tens of thousands of men and hundreds of women arrived from around the world to seek their fortunes.

Roaring Camp The Social World of the California Gold Rush

Author: Susan Lee Johnson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393292077
Release Date: 2000-12-17
Genre: History

Winner of the 2001 Bancroft Prize. Historical insight is the alchemy that transforms the familiar story of the Gold Rush into something sparkling and new. The world of the Gold Rush that comes down to us through fiction and film—of unshaven men named Stumpy and Kentuck raising hell and panning for gold—is one of half-truths. In this brilliant work of social history, Susan Johnson enters the well-worked diggings of Gold Rush history and strikes a rich lode. She finds a dynamic social world in which the conventions of identity—ethnic, national, and sexual—were reshaped in surprising ways. She gives us the all-male households of the diggings, the mines where the men worked, and the fandango houses where they played. With a keen eye for character and story, Johnson restores the particular social world that issued in the Gold Rush myths we still cherish.

Verdi at the Golden Gate

Author: George Martin
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520913426
Release Date: 1993-08-17
Genre: Music

Opera is a fragile, complex art, but it flourished extravagantly in San Francisco during the Gold Rush years, a time when daily life in the city was filled with gambling, duels, murder, and suicide. In the history of the United States there has never been a rougher town than Gold Rush San Francisco, yet there has never been a greater frenzy for opera than developed there in these exciting years. How did this madness for opera take root and grow? Why did the audience's generally drunken, brawling behavior gradually improve? How and why did Verdi emerge as the city's favorite composer? These are the intriguing themes of George Martin's enlightening and wonderfully entertaining story. Among the incidents recounted are the fist fight that stopped an opera performance and ended in a fatal duel; and the brothel madam who, by sitting in the wrong row of a theater, caused a fracas that resulted in the formation of the Vigilantes of 1856. Martin weaves together meticulously gathered social, political, and musical facts to create this lively cultural history. His study contributes to a new understanding of urban culture in the Jacksonian–Manifest Destiny eras, and of the role of opera in cities during this time, especially in the American West. Over it all soars Verdi's somber, romantic music, capturing the melancholy, the feverish joy, and the idealism of his listeners.

Sisters of Fortune

Author: Nancy Coffey Heffernan
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 087451651X
Release Date: 1993
Genre: History

In 1850 , James Wilson, a widowed congressman from Keene, New Hampshire, left his three daughters and young son to seek his fortune in the California gold rush. During his twelve year absence, the daughters wrote their father almost 350 letters filled with accounts of daily life and lively observations on local and national events. The daughters -- Mary Elizabeth, 24, Annie, 18, and Charlotte, 16, when their father left -- were conventional, upper-middle-class young women struggling to keep up appearances in a society that accorded them few rights. These letters and the story they tell constitute a valuable social and cultural document and offer readers a vivid description of mid-19th century American life.

America History and Life

Author:
Publisher:
ISBN: STANFORD:36105017955258
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Canada

Article abstracts and citations of reviews and dissertations covering the United States and Canada.

California Gold Rush Grades 4 7

Author: Cindy Barden
Publisher: Mark Twain Media
ISBN: 9781580371797
Release Date: 2001-08-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Bring history to life for students in grades 4Ð7 with The California Gold Rush! This 64-page book provides challenging activities that enable students to explore history, geography, and social studies topics. Activities include word searches, fact-or-opinion questions, and creative writing. The book includes answer keys, time lines, and suggested reading lists.

Jewish Voices of the California Gold Rush

Author: Ava Fran Kahn
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 0814328598
Release Date: 2002
Genre: History

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.

American Alchemy

Author: Brian Roberts
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807860939
Release Date: 2003-06-19
Genre: History

California during the gold rush was a place of disputed claims, shoot-outs, gambling halls, and prostitution; a place populated by that rough and rebellious figure, the forty-niner; in short, a place that seems utterly unconnected to middle-class culture. In American Alchemy, however, Brian Roberts offers a surprising challenge to this assumption. Roberts points to a long-neglected truth of the gold rush: many of the northeastern forty-niners who ventured westward were in fact middle-class in origin, status, and values. Tracing the experiences and adventures both of these men and of the "unseen" forty-niners--women who stayed back East while their husbands went out West--he shows that, whatever else the gold seekers abandoned on the road to California, they did not simply turn their backs on middle-class culture. Ultimately, Roberts argues, the story told here reveals an overlooked chapter in the history of the formation of the middle class. While the acquisition of respectability reflects one stage in this history, he says, the gold rush constitutes a second stage--a rebellion against standards of respectability.

A Doctor s Gold Rush Journey to California

Author: Israel Shipman Pelton Lord
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803279906
Release Date: 1999-11-01
Genre: History

One hundred and forty-nine years ago, a homeopathic physician luxuriously named Israel Shipman Pelton Lord trudged across the country in the midst of thousands of wagons, oxen, and seekers of the first free gold in history. Disappointed with the maps and guides of the day, Lord determined to set the record straight for future travelers.