Includes bibliographical references (p. 44-45) and index.
"Ready, set, gold!" : what was found at Sutter's sawmill?
An island called California : what did Spanish explorers hope to find in California?
Gold fever! : why was travel to California so dangerous?
Life in the land of gold : why was it hard for miners to make money?
Panning for gold : how much did the biggest lump of gold found in California weigh?
The dark side : what was the Chinese name for California?
End of the gold rush : how did the gold rush help America?
Discover the brief, brutal period of U.S. history known as the gold rush. Characterized by hope, greed, enterprise and thug rule, the gold rush transformed life in America--and began in January, 1848, with James Marshall's accidental discovery of gold in California.