Striking It Rich: The Story of the California Gold Rushby Stephen Krensky, Anna Divito (Illustrator), Anna Divito (Illustrator)
When word got out that gold had been discovered at Sutter's Fort in 1849, gold fever swept the nation, bringing permanent settlers to California and most other regions of the far west. This lively and accessible account is chock full of information that describes the living conditions of the prospectors, the profiteers who sold them supplies, and other fascinating details. Gently humorous drawings complete this easy-to-read glimpse into an exciting and important period of American history.
Krensky (see review, above) handles the era of the Forty- Niners from beginning to end; his account bristles with solid facts presented with an eye for the wry. The fun extends to pictures, lavish in number; that miners lived in places like Bedbug or Grizzly Flats makes for good copy, but seeing what they did to dress up their beards for Sundays makes the whole thing laugh-out-loud funny. Beginning readers will cherish this brand of history.
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