The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War

The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War

Book - 2013
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In this revelatory study, award-winning historian Leonard L. Richards makes clear the links between the Gold Rush and the Civil War. He explains how Southerners envisioned California as a new market for slaves for digging for gold and planned to split off the southern half of the state for slaves.
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc., 2013.
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781433236075
Branch Call Number: eAudio
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)


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Sep 17, 2016

The machinations of the cast of characters drawn to California gold and land shows how majestically greedy our forebears were. The Mexico and Central American invaders Henry Crabb and William Walker, Vanderbilt and his faithless lieutenants in Nicaragua, the New Orleans plans for invading Cuba (more than twice). I grew up in California (so did the author), and knew all about Fremont and Sutter, but we were not taught that early state and federal officeholders called "Chivs" (for chivalry) had overwhelmingly Southern outlooks and intentions, only to be stymied by Tammany-style politician-lawyers. Really a great read.


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