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Elementary: Gold Rush


Print Resources – Nonfiction

O’Donnell, Kerri  The Gold Rush, A Primary Source History of the Search for Gold in California  x 979 O26
Contents:  El Dorado—Timeline—The Great Discovery—Gold Fever—To California by Sea—The Overlanders—Life in the Mines—The Lawless West—Primary Source Transcriptions—Glossary—For More Information—For Further Reading—Bibliography—Index—Primary Source List

Friedman, Mel  The California Gold Rush  x 979F911
Contents:  A Fantastic Discovery—Before the Gold Rush—Gold Fever!—Life in the Land of Gold—The Dark Side—End of the Gold Rush—True Statistics—Resources—Important Words—Index—About the Author

Reinstedt, Randall A.  Tales and Treasures of the California Gold Rush x 979 R374-1
Contents:  Introduction—Gold!—California, Here I Come!—Bandits and Badmen—What the Forty-Niners Did for Fun—Women of the Gold Rush—Lucky Strikes and Lost Outlaw Loot—Tales of Treasure—Author’s Notes—Selected Index

Hands-On History:  Projects and Activities to Accompany ‘Tales and Treasures of the California Gold Rush’ [see above item]  x 372.9 H2365-2

Brown, Don  Gold!  Golf from the American River!  X 979.4 B877
Introduces young readers to the history of the California gold rush, describing the journey to California, the process of panning for gold, and the fortunes that this gold brought many different people.

Olson, Tod  How to Get Rich in the California Gold Rush  x 979 O52
Contents:  Gold Fever—Home Sweet Home—Getting There by Land—Getting There by Sea—San Francisco, July 30, 1849—Getting to the Diggings—Sweet Success!—Seeing the Elephant—Getting Along—Into the Wildrness—Lake of Empty Dreams—The Reckoning—Rich Bar, November 1949—A Lesson Learned—All That Glitters is Not Gold—Man with a Plan—Marysville, September 1850—Tale of Woe—Home Sweet Home, Again—Afterword—List of Illustrations—Further Reading—Encyclopedia of the Gold Rush

Hayhurst, Chris  John Sutter, California Pioneer  x 92 S967Ha
Surveys the life of Swiss/German immigrant John Sutter, on whose land goldwas discovered in the mid-nineteenth century, spurring the California gold rush and westward expansion.

Quasha, Jennifer  Gold Rush:  Hands-On Projects About Mining the Riches of California  x 979 Q1-1
Projects and activities which illustrate the history of the California Gold Rush and pioneer life in that state.

Gould, Roberta  Kidtopia:  ‘round the Country and Back Through Time in 60 Projects  x 745 G697

Schroeder, Lisa Golden  California Gold Rush Cooking  x 641 S3795
Discusses the everyday life, cooking methods, common foods, and hardshipsand celebrations during the Gold Rush in California.  Includes recipes.

Print Resources – Fiction

Patron, Susan  Behind the Masks:  the Diary of Angeline Reddy
In the "wild west" of an 1880s California gold-mining town, Angeline investigates the supposed murder of her father, a famous criminal lawyer, who she and her mother are certain is still alive. Includes historical notes and instructions for making a maskfrom muslin.

Gregory, Kristiana  Seeds of Hope: the Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild
A diary account of fourteen-year-old Susanna Fairchild's life in 1849, when her father succumbs to gold fever on the way to establish his medical practice in Oregon after losing his wife and money on their steamship journey from New York.  Includes a historical note.

Ritter, John H.  The Desperado Who Stole Baseball
In 1881, the scrappy, rough-and-tumble baseball team in a California mining townenlists the help of a quick-witted twelve-year-old orphan and the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid to win a big game against the National League Champion ChicagoWhite Stockings. Prequel to: The boy who saved baseball.

Raum, Elizabeth  The California Gold Rush:  An Interactive History Adventure
"Describes the events of the nineteenth century California gold rush. Reader's choices reveal historical details of how miners traveled, how they looked for gold, and their impact on California's history"--Provided by publisher.

Yamada, Debbie Leung  Striking it Rich
Playing hide-and-seek at their grandparent's store outside Oakland, two childrenstumble onto a secret room and letters written by Chinese miners during the Gold Rush.

Yep, Laurence  The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung, A Chinese Miner
A young Chinese boy nicknamed Runt records his experiences in a journal as he travels from southern China to California in 1852 to join his uncle during the Gold Rush.

DVD Resources

Gold Rush Ghost Towns
Call #:  DVD 978 G6185
A&E Home Video, 2007. 1 videodisc (50 min.)
Save Our History heads to Montana and Northern California to walk the streets of places like Bodie, California, where the ghosts of the gold rush are palpable in the dusty streets and decrepit buildings hastily thrown up over a century ago.

The Gold Rush
Call #:  DVD 979.4 G6185
PBS Home Video, 2006. 1 videodisc (ca. 115 min.)
At the end of 1853, San Francisco was a city on the move. It had twelve daily newspapers, nine insurance companies, consulates of twenty-seven foreign governments, and six-story buildings where sand dunes once stood. A few years earlier, San Francisco was just a sleepy little town. But the sight of gold in the rushing waters of the American River sent a ripple around the world and set the stage for an event that would forever change a city, a fledgling state, and the nation. Incorporating rare and exquisite daguerreotypes and original recreations, this film offers a vivid portrait of a seminal event in American's history.

Web Resources