The California gold rush : transforming the American West
|Format:||Print Book 2009|
|Availability:||Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy|
In 1848, a carpenter found gold in a river in California. The news spread quickly, and soon prospectors from across the country were arriving to pursue their fortunes. This mass migration, known as the Gold Rush, reshaped the United States by drastically accelerating the immigration to the far West. It transformed American society, as many citizens embraced in California a newfound independence and release from traditions. Perhaps most importantly, it remolded the American character, turning a country of settled farmers into a nation of forward-thinking risk-takers. ""The California Gold Rush"" explores how this pivotal era introduced new ideas about work and wealth, luck and greed, and success and failure, into the way Americans looked at their lives, their livelihoods, and most of all, themselves.
Contents"Gold from the American river!"
A land of plenty
California in 1848
In the mines
A new way of living
Mining the miners
The end of the rush
Legacy of a great adventure
Chronology and timeline.
|Series||Milestones in American history.|
Gold mines and mining
-- 19th century
-- Juvenile literature.
Gold mines and mining -- California -- History -- 19th century.
California -- Gold discoveries -- Juvenile literature.
California -- History -- 1846-1850 -- Juvenile literature.
California -- Gold discoveries.
California -- History -- 1846-1850.
|Publisher|| New York :Chelsea House,2009
121 pages : illustrations, color map ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 111-113) and index.