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Strike it rich with amazing facts about the California Gold Rush of 1849! Comes with a piece of “fool’s gold.”

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High-Interest Nonfiction, Essential Background on a Craze That Swept Our Nation, Talking About Historical Trends and Mass Movements

Topics and Themes:
Gold Rush of 1849, California, American Frontier, Prospecting, Get-Rich Dreams and Schemes

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The news spread like wildfire in 1849—gold had been found in a part of the California Territory. Lot and lots of gold! Soon many thousands of people from all over the United States and around the world caught “gold fever.” Calling themselves forty-niners, they left their jobs and families behind and rushed to California any way they could.

If readers went west with the forty-niners, how would they have traveled? How would they have mined for gold? What would their lives have been like in the gold fields?

Includes one piece of pyrite (“fool’s gold”).
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Product Details

    • Grades: 2 - 6
    • Ages: 7 - 12
  • Product Type: Book Pack
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-56501-0