California Gold Rush (Landmark Events in American History)

California Gold Rush (Landmark Events in American History)

by Michael V. Uschan
     
 

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In the 1840s, the United States of America was an expanding nation. This book explains how the discovery of gold in 1848 led to the settlement of newly acquired U.S. territory in California. It describes the rush to California by hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world. It tells of life in the mining camps and the successes and disappointments of gold

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In the 1840s, the United States of America was an expanding nation. This book explains how the discovery of gold in 1848 led to the settlement of newly acquired U.S. territory in California. It describes the rush to California by hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world. It tells of life in the mining camps and the successes and disappointments of gold mining. The book also tells the continuing story: how, after the California Gold Rush, Americans and immigrants came to settle the vast areas between California and the eastern United States.

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In 1848 the California Territory represented the farthest reach of American power. Taken from Mexico that very year as part of the peace treaty ending that nation's war with the United States, California was a sparsely populated area of vast geography. Then, with the discovery of gold near Sutter's Mill, a vast migration occurred. By 1850 over 250,000 people moved to California in search of quick wealth. For most of these gold-seekers their journey west resulted in miserable labor, financial ruin, and, for many, death. The "Gold Rush" that swept California during a period of about eight years is one of the more colorful elements of the history of the American West. Michael V. Uschan turns his capable pen to this subject in this well written and amply illustrated book. As part of the broader "Landmark Events in American History" series Uschan's book follows a recipe that typifies this sequence of historical texts. The author begins by tracing the history of the region. He then turns his strong research and writing skills to a review of the events that made up the Gold Rush. Finally, Uschan discusses the longer-term results of the Gold Rush as well as highlighting historical remains that modern visitors can observe. Taken as a whole, Michael V. Uschan's The California Gold Rush is a well-developed and enjoyable book that will leave readers with a good sense of what this epic saga in American history involved. 2003, World Almanac Library,
—Greg M. Romaneck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836854022
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Series:
Landmark Events in American History Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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