What Was the Gold Rush?

What Was the Gold Rush?

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Inspired by the popular Who Was…? series, the What Was…? titles focus on key events that have shaped history: great battles, protests, discoveries, and revolutions!

In 1848, gold was discovered in California, attracting over 300,000 people from all over the world, some who struck it rich and many more who didn’t. Kids will love hearing the stories of the gold-seeking “forty-niners,” and how the gold rush led to California becoming a state in 1850. With black-and white illustrations and photos throughout, a nugget from history is brought to life!