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Gold Discovery and Migration
The California Gold Rush refers to the period between 1848 and 1864, with the height of the gold rush in 1852 (1). The gold rush started when James Marshall discovered gold in the American River while building a mill for John Sutter. (2) Marshall's discovery spurred a migration of people to the soon to be state of California. The first census in the state of California in 1850 indicates the resident population was 92,527 (3).
1. The Gold Rush of 1849. History Channel. n.d. Web. 2 July 2013.
2. The California Gold Rush. California's Natural Resources. n.d. Web. 2 July 2013.
3. Resident population and Apportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Census Bureau. n.d. Web. 9 July 2013.
Gold Mines of California
Newpaper: The Californian
Date: 23 September 1848
Report of the discovery of Gold on the American River, the effect on local merchants and the fear of sickness in 1848.
Newspapers throughtout the country and world printed articles and advertisments regarding gold in California. Some examples include:
Gold In Our Streets
Newspaper: Placer Times
Date: 2 February 1850
Account from Placerville, CA of gold dust in the street.
California Gold Rush Video from the History Channel
History Channel. "America the Story of Us: Gold Rush." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 20 May 2010. Web. 17 July 2013.
Suggested articles on the California Gold Rush from the internet:
Migrating to Riches?
CLAY, KAREN, and RANDALL JONES. "Migrating To Riches? Evidence From The California Gold Rush." Journal Of Economic History 68.4 (2008): 997-1027.
Order without law?
Clay, Karen and Gavin Wright. "Order without law? Property rights during the California gold rush." Explorations in Economic History 42 (2005): 155-183.
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