The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War
It has always been understood that the 1848 discovery of gold in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada influenced the battle over the admission of California to the Union. But now, in this revelatory study, award-winning historian Leonard L. Richards makes clear the links between the Gold Rush and many of the regional crises in the lead-up to the Civil War.
Richards explains h
Richards’ discussion of the effect of the gold rush is fascinating. How so many people rushed to the gold fields that San Francisco was, for awhile, a ghost town. How ships would come into the harbor and find hundreds of other ships—from China and Peru and...more
The book was a quick read if you don't chase the footnotes. It is mostly a series of events. I'm not sure the theme helped guide the narrative so it seems a little disjoin...more
A history book with a strong narrative drive; and it’s demystifying in a warm cordial sense. Well worth reading if you’re interested in how the West was settled, and some of the economic reasons behind the Civil War. I say “Demystifying” as the author presents the facts in a welcoming manner. I’ve read so many history books that re-examine a period of time and there seems to be this authorial scorn present…as in: You think life was like this back then? Well, YOU’RE WRONG BUDDY! Richards isn’t li...more
update: started in october, didn't get very far... hopefully i'll pick it up again.