Daily Life during the California Gold Rush, 1st Edition

  • Thomas Maxwell-Long
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  • ISBN-10: 0313363102
  • ISBN-13: 9780313363108
  • DDC: 979.4
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 216 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released November 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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It is easy to see the vestiges of the California Gold Rush in the state's modern culture. The San Francisco 49ers football team are named after the term given to those who flocked to California in 1849 in search of gold; California is nicknamed "the golden state;" and the official state motto is "Eureka" meaning "I have found it" in Greek-a reference to mining success. But the Gold Rush was not only a pivotal event with lasting impact in California; it also greatly affected America as a whole and global society. This book examines the historical significances of the California Gold Rush, beginning with life in California prior to the Gold Rush and European colonization and concluding with information regarding contemporary California. Readers will gain historical insights from the highly detailed explorations of how life in California evolved and understand the enormous impact of an event over 160 years ago on present-day America.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: California Before the Gold Rush.
2: Life in Transition: The Call of the California Gold Rush.
3: The Golden Years of the Rush, 1848–1850: Economic Expansion, Population Explosion, and Rush to Statehood.
4: Politics, Discrimination, and Law.
5: Expanding Entrepreneurialism.
6: Civil War, Social Unrest, and Other Gold Rushes.
About the Author.