Go West Book Project

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karren Cushman

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Summary

The book "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple" by Karen Cushman is about a young girl unwillingly traveling west with her mother and siblings. The conflict is that she wants to be home in Massachusetts but can't find a way home. Climax she thinks she finds a way home to Massachusetts. Resolution she figures out where she belongs and is content with where she ends up.

Focus Question.

Why did people from the eastern part of the United States move west during the mid-nineteenth century?

Back-Ground of The Gold Rush

On January 24, 1848 James Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill in California. However, people started coming to California for the gold in 1849 hence the nickname the forty-niners. They came at the promise of gold lying everywhere, though many ended up rich form the gold mining. The gold rush ended in 1855 after California became a state.

Rumors of Gold

The rumors were that gold could be found just walking down the street in huge nuggets. But this wasn't true you had to mine for it and that took time and energy. The people who ended up with the most gold were the major shop owners. There are two types of mining and those are panning(placer mining) and fox hole mining. This ties into my book because everyone in Lucky Diggins mines for gold by panning because the other method is much too dangerous.

Mules

People used mules when they reached California because they could hold more than a horse and required much less water. Also they could carry heavier loads and overall they were much better at dealing with weight and long distances. This ties into my book because in California mules were the better option to deal with the conditions so the family has a mule named sweetheart who carries their personal belongings and goods.
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Westward Expansion & Manifest Destiny