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The California Gold Rush and the coming of the Civil War

Author: Leonard L Richards; Jeff Riggenbach
Publisher: Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audiobooks, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on Cassette : Cassette recording : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It has always been understood that the 1848 discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevada influenced the battle over the admission of California to the Union. Now, historian Richards makes clear the links between the Gold Rush and many of the regional crises in the lead-up to the Civil War. Richards explains how Southerners envisioned California as a new market for slaves, only to be frustrated by California's prohibition  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Leonard L Richards; Jeff Riggenbach
ISBN: 0786148225 9780786148226
OCLC Number: 84840831
Notes: Unabridged.
Performer(s): Read by Jeff Riggenbach.
Description: 7 audiocassettes (approximately 86 min. each) : analog, Dolby processed
Responsibility: Leonard L. Richards.

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It has always been understood that the 1848 discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevada influenced the battle over the admission of California to the Union. Now, historian Richards makes clear the links between the Gold Rush and many of the regional crises in the lead-up to the Civil War. Richards explains how Southerners envisioned California as a new market for slaves, only to be frustrated by California's prohibition of slavery. Still, they schemed to tie California to the South with a southern-routed railroad and worked to split off the southern half as a separate slave state. Richards recounts political battles in Washington and feuds, duels, and perhaps outright murder in California as the state came close to being divided in two.

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