The California Gold Rush
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the California Gold Rush of the 1850s, when a chance discovery of gold led to massive demographic changes to parts of America.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the California Gold Rush. In 1849 the recent discovery of gold at Coloma, near Sacramento in California, led to a massive influx of prospectors seeking to make their fortunes. Within a couple of years the tiny settlement of San Francisco had become a major city, with tens of thousands of immigrants, the so-called Forty-Niners, arriving by boat and over land. The gold rush transformed the west coast of America and its economy, but also uprooted local populations of Native Americans and made irreversible changes to natural habitats.
Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at University College London
Reader in American History and Culture at the University of East Anglia
Professor of American History at the University of Edinburgh.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
J. D. Borthwick, Gold Rush: Three Years in California (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011)
H. W. Brands, The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream (Doubleday, 2002)
Chauncey Canfield, The Diary of a Forty-Niner (Turtle Point Press, 1993)
Edward Dolnick, The Rush: America's Fevered Quest for Fortune, 1848-1853 (Little Brown, 2014)
Ramon A. Gutierrez and Richard J. Orsi (eds.), Contested Eden: California Before the Gold Rush (University of California Press, 1998)
J. S. Holliday, The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience (First published 1981; University of Oklahoma Press, 2002)
J. S. Holliday, Rush for Riches: Gold Fever and the Making of California (University of California Press, 1999)
Malcolm Rohrbough, Days of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the American Nation (University of California Press, 1997)
|Interviewed Guest||Kathleen Burk|
|Interviewed Guest||Jacqueline Fear-Segal|
|Interviewed Guest||Frank Cogliano|