Get Rich Quick! Primary Sources - The California Gold Rush



Primary source images provide an an avenue to connect  students emotionally to the energy, excitement, and hardships of those who rushed westward in 1848/49.  Enrich the study of  westward expansion with first person narratives found in the Library of Congress collection: California: First Person Narrativesshttps://www.loc.gov/collections/california-first-person-narratives/about-this-collection/. The diaries, notes and books provide rich stories of the hundreds of thousands of people who left all they knew to rush westward in search of gold.  Students can also imagine the gold rush through the eyes of Daniel Jenks.  Find his sketches in Journals of a Pioneer Argonautups://www.loc.gov/collections/california-first-person-narratives/about-this-collection/ Journals of a Pioneer Argon
There are so many connections and conclusions to be drawn from these rich digital collections of the Library of Congress.  e Rush for Gold iFor lesson ideas, see blogs such asCaliforni