American Experience: The Gold Rush

Overview

In the late 1840s San Francisco was little more than a quaint seaside village of 800, and few could have foreseen that remarkable future that fate held in store for sleepy community. Soon after gold was discovered in the American River, however, the rapid growth that followed would alter the course of an entire nation. By early 1854 San Francisco was well on its way to becoming the economic powerhouse that it is today. In this documentary, filmmakers take an informative look back at that crucial era of ...
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Overview

In the late 1840s San Francisco was little more than a quaint seaside village of 800, and few could have foreseen that remarkable future that fate held in store for sleepy community. Soon after gold was discovered in the American River, however, the rapid growth that followed would alter the course of an entire nation. By early 1854 San Francisco was well on its way to becoming the economic powerhouse that it is today. In this documentary, filmmakers take an informative look back at that crucial era of development with original recreations and rare daguerreotypes that truly transport the viewer back to one of the most vital and transformative eras in American history.
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Special Features

Portrait gallery; Map of California gold discoveries
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • UPC: 841887007979
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,145

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Isabel Allende Interviewee
Michael Murphy Voice Only
Technical Credits
Randall MacLowry Director, Producer
Michelle Ferrari Screenwriter
John Kusiak Score Composer
Laura Longsworth Producer
Jon Neuberger Editor
Neil Reichline Cinematographer
Michael Rossi Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Gold Rush
2. Taking a Chance [2:44]
3. The Discovery of Gold [11:25]
4. Americans Catch Gold Fever [13:39]
5. Forty Niners [4:38]
6. Anti-Foreigner Sentiment [6:47]
7. San Francisco Booms [5:45]
8. A Miner's Life [13:05]
9. A Woman's Role [5:28]
10. The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta [5:31]
11. Failure at the Mines [7:09]
12. Native Californians' Struggle for Survival [10:25]
13. Transforming San Francisco [5:03]
14. Chinese Immigration [6:49]
15. Admitting Failure [8:43]
16. New Beginnings [3:37]
17. Credits [3:11]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Gold Rush
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Portrait Gallery
      Map: Gold Discoveries in California
   PBS.Org
   American Experience
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