The California Gold Rush
When You Catch A Fever, It Just Might Not Go Away!
When/How Did This All Start?
In January 1848, James Wilson Marshall discovered gold while constructing a saw mill along the American River northeast of present-day Sacramento. It started when he found a piece of a golden nugget in the river. This sparked what was known as "gold fever."
Effects On California
California's name became indelibly connected with the Gold Rush, and fast success in a new world became known as the "California Dream." California was perceived as a place of new beginnings, where great wealth could reward hard work and good luck. Historian H. W. Brands noted that in the years after the Gold Rush, the California Dream spread across the nation:
“The old American Dream ... was the dream of the Puritans, of Benjamin Franklin's "Poor Richard"... of men and women content to accumulate their modest fortunes a little at a time, year by year by year. The new dream was the dream of instant wealth, won in a twinkling by audacity and good luck. [This] golden dream ... became a prominent part of the American psyche only after Sutter's Mill.”
About the Discoverer
Oh, The Stress...
Bet You Didn't Know...
- Gold was actually found by mexicans and indian tribes in southern California, but Mr. Marshall was given all the credit.
- There was a professional football team created because of the gold rush. They were named the San Francisco 49ers.
- Nearly 200,000 people migrated to California around the U.S., the largest human migration ever.
- Since gold was very rare, in enraged most people and caused a spark across some people and caused over 4,000 deaths because of fury.
FOR AIDAN ONLY!!!!!!
- Yes, James Marshall had one boy named Wilson Marshall.