The California Gold Rush Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

The California Gold Rush
An analysis of the effect of the California Gold Rush on Californian urban development.
# 40838 | 1,650 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 16, 2003 in History (U.S. Before 1865) , Environmental Studies (Urban Issues)

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This paper details the Gold Rush from beginning to end and illustrates how California grew culturally and economically. The paper shows how this was one of the most vital events in the expansion of the United States; it accelerated development and caused unprecedented transformations that affected the life of the nation as a whole.

From the Paper:

"California has always been associated with cutting edge development and ideas. For over a century and a half it has been the leader of what the rest of the country follows. No single event has been as groundbreaking (literally and metaphorically) as the Gold Rush of 1849. This historic event single-handedly connected the East to the West in what proved to be the perfect model of expansion. It was what brought hundreds of thousands of Americans and immigrants alike to the fast-paced, ever-changing world of California. To fully understand the history of the Goldrush, one must know what was actually happening before the lure of gold overwhelmed the country.
"The Sunday before departing Boston harbor for San Francisco on the Edward Everett, the 150 men who would be on board attended a special service at which they heard the Reverend Mr. Kirk admonish them, "You are going to a strange country. Take the Bible in one hand and your New England civilization in the other and make your mark on the people and the country." (Marks, 1994)
""Manifest destiny" was a freshly minted catchword at the time, having been coined in 1845 in the New York Morning News. To any American at the end of the 1840s, it could only mean a place called California -- a vast territory recently wrested from Mexican possession, largely unexplored and certainly unexploited -- everything that was meant by a "frontier." (Marks, 1994)"

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