Chasing a Dream
The California Gold Rush

The lure of gold promptly made California the most culturally and racially diverse society the world had ever known - tensions were bound to arise.
                                                                                                                  -Gold Fever

Regina Hanono

Christine Magpoc
Lisa Niemela


The student page contains the hook only. It is intended to spark interest in the topic and lead students to ask questions or make predictions.

In 1849 many people came to California to “strike it rich”. 

Who were they?  Where did they come from?  What did they find?

Would you have taken the journey to find gold?

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As you look at these photographs, think about the stories they tell.
What is happening in these pictures?
What do these people have in common?

How are they different?

What questions do you still have about people who experienced California's Gold Rush? Explore these resources to discover the answers to your questions and to learn more about the Gold Rush.

Chasing a Dream
Gold Rush Diversity
Natives and Immigrants
American Memory