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Daily Life during the California Gold Rush: Book Review

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Daily Life during the California Gold Rush: Book Review

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The book authored by Thomas Maxwell-Long, titled “Daily Life during the California Gold Rush” provides an insight into a major event that shaped the political, social, and economic realms of the United States from 1848. The California Gold Rush’s vestiges are evident in the modern culture of the United States. The book gives an example of the San Francisco 49ers football as one of the manifestations of the California Gold Rush. This team was named after the name that was given to the people who flocked in California mainly in 1849 for the search of gold. Presently, California is still nicknamed ‘the golden state’ with ‘Eureka’ as its official motto which means ‘I have found it’. Throughout the book it can be seen that the gold rush phenomenon was not only a great event in California, but also had a lasting effect which enormously affected the United States and the world as a whole.

The author of the book examines several historical significances of gold rush in California starting from the life in California before the gold rush. He further examine the aspect of European colonization and how it was intertwined with the California Gold Rush to bring great impact that shaped the political, social, and economic spheres of the United States and the global society. The book concludes by providing information about the contemporary California. Throughout the book, the readers are able to obtain deep historical insights from detailed discussions of California life before and during the gold rush, as well as how this life has evolved over the decades. More importantly, the readers of this book will gain enormous understanding regarding the big impact of this event over the last 160 years to the contemporary United States.

Daily Life during the California Gold Rush: Book Review

Chapter 1: California before the Gold Rush

Certainly, the gold rush significantly changed the California’s environment. Nonetheless, much had already taken place before the discovery of gold in 1848. The city was inhabited by people from diverse and different cultures and backgrounds. They had their own value systems that contributed towards changing the California environment. Indians were the natives of California having lived there for over ten thousand years, and therefore they can be considered as the first people to have inhabited California. Prior to California colonization in 1769, the Indians had lived harmoniously with the Spanish. The collection of distinct but diverse societies, traditions, and cultures served to enrich the California state even before the discovery of gold. It should be noted that apart from the Indians, the other ethnic groups that inhabited California had not established strong foundations, and therefore were not stuck in one territory. The presence of different cultures in California was important in advancing the social and economic interests of this state; for example, the Spanish were instrumental in proving that California was ideal for the raising of livestock, sheep and cattle…..

Daily Life during the California Gold Rush: Book Review