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Gold!: The Story of the 1848 Gold Rush and How It Shaped a Nation Fred Rosen

Gold!: The Story of the 1848 Gold Rush and How It Shaped a Nation

Fred Rosen

Published December 8th 2006
ISBN : 9781560259619
Paperback
352 pages
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On January 24, 1848, as carpenter James Marshall worked on building a sawmill at John Sutters Fort, east of Sacramento, California, he accidentally discovered a pea-sized nugget of gold in a ditch. Just like that, the scope of the American mythMoreOn January 24, 1848, as carpenter James Marshall worked on building a sawmill at John Sutters Fort, east of Sacramento, California, he accidentally discovered a pea-sized nugget of gold in a ditch. Just like that, the scope of the American myth changed. From 1848 to 1850, 90,000 people trekked across the continent- by 1854, that figure had risen to 300,000. Representing every ethnic group, more than ten percent of the American population migrated to Californias gold fields in six years. Defying disease, crime, the depradations of nature, and each other, fortune hunters risked all for the slim chance of riches. The Gold Rush marked the moment when people stopped believing that hard work leads to a good life, which then leads to a good afterlife. They started believing, instead, that anyone could strike it rich. Americans thus began their phantom pursuit of wealth, a pursuit that continues to this day.