California Gold Rush in American History

California Gold Rush in American History

by Linda Jacobs Altman

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4 UpUsing broad strokes, this book paints a vividat times luridpicture of the California Gold Rush. Fast-paced chapters and historical illustrations tell how gold was discovered by accident, how the word spread, and how adventurers arrived from all over the world. The second half of the book examines frontier injustice, racial discrimination, and the lives of women at the time. The writing is colorful but brief; the transition of California from a Mexican territory to a state in the Union is covered in half a sentence and the section on Native Americans is scant. The book does better with African Americans, giving thumbnail sketches of frontiersman James Beckwourth, journalist Mifflin Gibbs, and activist and madam Mary Ellen Pleasant. Social ills of the times are attributed to "violent Americans and their bottomless greed." Liza Ketchum's The Gold Rush (Little, Brown, 1996), based on a segment of Ken Burns's public television series on the West, is more balanced and informative, telling the story through the eyes of individuals from different racial and social groups, including several children who lived through this tumultuous time.Carolyn Lehman, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

Product Details

Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
In American History Series
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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