The California Gold Rush

The California Gold Rush

by Jean F. Blashfield

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Describes adventures and disasters in the lives of people who rushed to the gold mines of California in 1848 and explains how this event sparked the state's development.


Describes adventures and disasters in the lives of people who rushed to the gold mines of California in 1848 and explains how this event sparked the state's development.

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Children's Literature
Very simply written with short chapters, many pictures, photographs and carefully chosen vocabulary, this entry in the "We the People" series of books about American History tells a complete story of the California Gold Rush. The story of the discovery of gold in California is told through the lives of the people who actually lived during the times—from initial discovery, to the prospectors, to the people who provided the goods and services that the prospectors needed and who later became the shopkeepers, teachers, and service people in the towns that grew up around the mining sites. Report writers will find easy access to information here with a glossary, timeline, index, list of important people of the times and a list of additional resources, including the Internet. Recreational readers who favor stories about real events and real times will find a gold mine here as well. 2001, Compass Point Books, $21.26. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Judy Katsh
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-With their attractive covers, abundant illustrations, and accessible texts, these three volumes are visually appealing, but their compactness results in a diminished view of the sweeping story of westward migration in 19th-century America. Each title follows a logical formula: a description of the political, social, and economic climate that prompted Americans to travel into harsh, unknown territory; an account of the hardships and successes they experienced along the way; and a brief overview of the impact these migrations ultimately made on the development of new cities and states. Maps, tinted engravings, and tintype portraits help to establish time and place. Vintage black-and-white photographs provide an interesting contrast to the modern color photographs showing frontier landmarks that the adventurers passed as well as vestiges from their journeys still visible today, such as deep wheel ruts across open prairie. While the narratives are clear and informative, they tend to be dry and impersonal. These are solid entry-level books for students, but more detail and depth-including extensive recollections by the pioneers themselves-can be found in Leonard Everett Fisher's The Oregon Trail (1990), David S. Lavender's The Santa Fe Trail (1995, both Holiday), and Arthur Blake and Pamela Daly's The Gold Rush of 1849 (Millbrook, 1995; o.p.).-William McLoughlin, Brookside School, Worthington, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
We the People: Expansion and Reform Series
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Jean F. Blashfield has worked for publishers in Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she has written more than 90 books, most of them for young people. Jean F. Blashfield has two adult children and lives in Delavan, Wisconsin.

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