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The California Gold Rush and the coming of the Civil War

Author: Leonard L Richards
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView 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
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Genre/Form: History
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Richards, Leonard L.
California Gold Rush and the coming of the Civil War.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
(OCoLC)609308790
Online version:
Richards, Leonard L.
California Gold Rush and the coming of the Civil War.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
(OCoLC)619911124
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leonard L Richards
ISBN: 030726520X 9780307265203
OCLC Number: 71810145
Description: 289 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
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.--From publisher description.

Includes information on Chivalry Democrats, Jefferson Davis, Democratic Party, Stephen A. Douglas, free soil movement, John C. Fremont, Know Nothing Party, Mexico and Mexicans, James K. Polk, Republican Party, Sacramento, San Francisco, secession, Zachary Taylor, Transcontinental Railroad, Whig Party, etc.

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by bjanvier1 (WorldCat user on 2007-05-31)

Contents Preface ix PROLOGUE 3 CHAPTER 1 8 CHAPTER 2 34 CHAPTER 3 62 CHAPTER 4 91 CHAPTER 5 119 CHAPTER 6 144 CHAPTER 7 169 CHAPTER 8 195 EPILOGUE 222 Notes 239 Index 279

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