Books written on the California Gold Rush

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The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream
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The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream

by H.W. Brands

About the book:  By the Author of the Bestselling Pulitzer Prize Finalist THE FIRST AMERICANTHEY WENT WEST TO CHANGE THEIR LIVES AND IN THE BARGAIN THEY CHANGED THE WORLD. THIS IS THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE GOLD RUSH.When gold was first discovered on the American River above Sutter's Fort in January 1848, California was sparsely populated frontier territory not yet ceded to the United States from Mexixo. The discovery triggered a massive influx as hundreds of thousands of people scrambled to California in search of riches, braving dangerous journeys across the Pacific, around Cape Horn, and through the Isthmus of Panama, as well as across America's vast, unsettled wilderness. Cities sprang up overnight, in response to the demand for supplies and services of all kinds. By 1850, California had become a state -- the fastest journey to statehood in U.S. history. It had also become a symbol of what America stood for and of where it was going.In The Age of Gold, H. W. Brands explores the far-reaching implications of this pivotal point in U.S. history, weaving the politics of the times with the gripping stories of individuals that displays both the best and the worse of the American character. He discusses the national issues that exploded around the ratification of California's statehood, hastening the clouds that would lead to the Civil War. He tells the stories of the great fortunes made by such memorable figures as John and Jessie Fremont, Leland Stanford and George Hearst -- and of great fortunes lost by hundreds now forgotten by history. And he reveals the profound effect of the Gold Rush on the way Americans viewed their destinies, as the Puritan ethic of hard work and the gradual accumulation of worldly riches gave way to the notion of getting rich quickly.


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California Gold Rush: A guide to California in the 1850s (Sightseers)
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California Gold Rush: A guide to California in the 1850s (Sightseers)

by Julie Ferris

About the book:  Stake your claim and start prospecting! The travel tips are as good as gold in this fascinating look at San Francisco in the 1850's. Look under headings such as


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The Life of a Miner (Life in the Old West)
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The Life of a Miner (Life in the Old West)

by Bobbie Kalman,Kate Calder

About the book:  Bobbie Kalman, author of the acclaimed Historic Communities and Early Settler Life series, explores the action and adventure that made the West famous. In the latter part of the 19th century, more than half a million pioneers headed west to carve out a future on an unknown frontier. Some were dra...


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Striking It Rich: The Story of the California Gold Rush (Ready-to-Read)
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Striking It Rich: The Story of the California Gold Rush (Ready-to-Read)

by Stephen Krensky

About the book:  An easy-to-read text and colorful illustrations chronicle the tale of the California Gold Rush, sparked by the discovery of gold at Sutter's Fort in 1849, and profile the prospectors and profiteers who ventured west to make their fortunes.


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Gold Fever!
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Gold Fever!

by Verla Kay

About the book:  The rush to the American West was stimulated by the sight of shining metal. Beginning with the first discovery at Sutter's Mill, Catherine McMorrow gives a gripping, richly anecdotal account of those wild-and-woolly days when gold fever seized the nation...and the world. �


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Dame Shirley and the Gold Rush (Stories of America)
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Dame Shirley and the Gold Rush (Stories of America)

by Jim Rawls,Rawls,James J. Rawls

About the book:  Relates how a series of letters, written by a woman known as Dame Shirley and published in a San Francisco magazine in 1854 and 1855, were instrumental in inciting the California gold rush.


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Scholastic History Readers
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Scholastic History Readers

by Tedd Arnold

About the book:  Read about one of the most exciting times in American history--the California Gold Rush. The Scholastic History Readers series was created especially to bring history to life for beginning readers.Beginning with the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill, this book traces the phenomenon that came to ...


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