The California Gold Rush Transforming the American West
Written by Liz Sonneborn
Part of the Milestones in American History Series
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The California Gold Rush Transforming the American West by Liz SonnebornIn 1848, a carpenter found gold in a river in California. The news spread quickly, and soon prospectors from across the country were arriving to pursue their fortunes. This mass migration, known as the Gold Rush, reshaped the United States by drastically accelerating the immigration to the far West. It transformed American society, as many citizens embraced in California a newfound independence and release from traditions. Perhaps most importantly, it remolded the American character, turning a country of settled farmers into a nation of forward-thinking risk-takers. The California Gold Rush explores how this pivotal era introduced new ideas about work and wealth, luck and greed, and success and failure, into the way Americans looked at their lives, their livelihoods, and most of all, themselves.
About the Author
More books by Liz Sonneborn
Chelsea House Publishers
15th December 2008
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