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Web Sites | Books


The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco -- The Gold Rush
http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist1/index0.1.html#gold
The museum presents an online collection of articles, primary sources and photographs from the Gold Rush era.

The Sacramento Bee
http://www.calgoldrush.com
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the gold rush, this collection of articles from the Sacramento Bee highlights the impact of the gold rush on California's history and development and features detailed maps and graphics.

Oakland Museum
http://www.museumca.org/goldrush/index.html
Browse the Oakland Museum's virtual tour of their "Gold Fever!" exhibit and browse gold rush timelines, paintings and biographies or enjoy multimedia clips and a gold rush quiz.

Huntington Museum
http://www.huntington.org/Education/GoldRush/
Presented by the Huntington Library this wealth of documents -- including paintings, lithographs, journal entries and letters -- bring to life the people and places that defined the gold rush.

Wayback: Gold Fever
http://pbskids.org/wayback/goldrush/index.html
Especially for kids, this site provides an accessible overview of important gold rush people and events.


Web Sites | Books


Bancroft, Hubert Howe. Bancroft's Works: History of California, Vol. VI 1848-1859. San Francisco: The History Company, 1890.

Brands, H.W. Age of Gold. New York: Anchor Books, 2003.

Christman, Florence Morrow, editor. One Man's Gold: The Letters & Journal of a Forty-Niner: The Journal of Enos Christman New York: McGraw-Hill, 1930.

Clark, Walter Van Tilburg, editor. Journals of Alfred Doten, 1849-1903, Volume 1-3. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1973.

Davis, Clark and David Igler, editors. Human Tradition in California. Wilmington, Delaware: SR Books, 2002.

Henry, Fern. My Checkered Life: Luzena Stanley Wilson in Early California. Nevada City, California: Carl Mautz Publishing, 2004.

Holliday, J.S. Rush for Riches. Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1999.

_____. World Rushed In. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1983.

Johnson, Susan Lee. Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush. New York: W.W. Norton, 2000.

Levy, JoAnn. They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush. Hamden, CT: Archon Books, 1990.

Pierce, Hiram. A Forty-Niner Speaks. Oakland: Keystone-Inglett Printing Co., 1930.

Rawls, James. Indians of California. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1984.

____. A Golden State: Mining and Economic Development in Gold Rush California. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

____. California: An Interpretive History. New York: McGraw Hill, 1993.

____. Indians of California: The Changing Image. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1984.

Roberts, Brian. American Alchemy: The California Gold Rush and Middle-Class Culture Chapel Hill: University of North Caroline Press, 2000.

Rohrbough, Malcolm. Days of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the American Nation. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Rosales, Vicente Perez. California Adventure. Translation by Edwin S. Morby and Arturo Torres-Rioseco. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1947.

Starr, Kevin. Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1919. New York: Oxford University Press, 1973.

____. Rooted in Barborous Soil: People, Culture, and community in Gold Rush California. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.

Takaki, Ronald. Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans. Boston: Little, Brown, 1998.

White, Richard. "It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own": A New History of the American West. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1991.

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