A Timeline History of the California Gold Rush

From the Series Timeline Trackers: Westward Expansion

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

In 1848, a carpenter named James Marshall discovered that there was gold in the riverbeds of the Sacramento Valley. Gold fever quickly spread across the country and around the world. By the thousands, hopeful people left their homes, families, and jobs in search of their fortune.

The California gold rush lasted for only seven years, but in that time it transformed California and affected the whole nation. People used their new riches to start businesses and build cities. People from many nations arrived to fill those cities. And in their quest for gold, the prospectors clashed with American Indians and set the stage for long-lasting tensions.

Explore the history of the California gold rush. Track the important events and turning points that made this discovery a pivotal part of the westward expansion of the United States.

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978-1-46778-580-8
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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Social Studies
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2015-08-01
BISACS JNF025080, JNF018040, JNF025200
Dewey 979.4'04
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 10
Lexile 900
Guided Reading Level W
ATOS Reading Level 5.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 177853
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource

Reviews

School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“This series pairs dramatic narrative with visually arresting time lines, resulting in a well-thought-out foray into the years of America’s westward expansion. . . . A good option for collections where supplementary material on the American West is needed.”—School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Author: Stephanie Watson

Stephanie Watson is a writer who lives in Smyrna, Georgia.

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Timeline Trackers: Westward Expansion

Investigate key topics in US history through easy-to-follow timelines of major events. Covering achievements as well as setbacks, the timeline approach allows readers to follow the trail of US history. Each title builds an understanding of how major historical developments emerged… View available downloads →