The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War

Author(s): Leonard L. Richards
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 2006
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Product Number: Z100096496
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481581653
Narrator/s: Jeff Riggenbach
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In this revelatory study, award-winning historian Leonard L. Richards outlines the links between the Gold Rush and the Civil War. Richards explains how Southerners envisioned California as a new market for slaves in the gold fields, schemed to tie California to the South via railroad, and imagined splitting off the state's southern half for a slave state. We see how the Gold Rush influenced other regional and national squabbles, and we meet renegade New York Democrat David Broderick, who became a force in San Francisco politics in 1849, and his archrival, William Gwin, a major Mississippi slaveholder. Richards recounts the political battles alongside the fiery California feuds, duels, and, perhaps, outright murders as the state came shockingly close to being divided in two.

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Author(s): Leonard L. Richards
Product Number EB00169703
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307267375

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