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The Age of Gold - The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream-logo

The Age of Gold - The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream

H. W. Brands

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History

Description:

By the Author of the Bestselling Pulitzer Prize Finalist THE FIRST AMERICAN THEY WENT WEST TO CHANGE THEIR LIVES AND IN THE BARGAIN THEY CHANGED THE WORLD. THIS IS THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE GOLD RUSH. When gold was first discovered on the American River above Sutter's Fort in January 1848, California was sparsely populated frontier territory not yet ceded to the United States from Mexixo. The discovery triggered a massive influx as hundreds of thousands of people scrambled to California in search of riches, braving dangerous journeys across the Pacific, around Cape Horn, and through the Isthmus of Panama, as well as across America's vast, unsettled wilderness. Cities sprang up overnight, in response to the demand for supplies and services of all kinds. By 1850, California had become a state -- the fastest journey to statehood in U.S. history. It had also become a symbol of what America stood for and of where it was going. In The Age of Gold, H. W. Brands explores the far-reaching implications of this pivotal point in U.S. history, weaving the politics of the times with the gripping stories of individuals that displays both the best and the worse of the American character. He discusses the national issues that exploded around the ratification of California's statehood, hastening the clouds that would lead to the Civil War. He tells the stories of the great fortunes made by such memorable figures as John and Jessie Fremont, Leland Stanford and George Hearst -- and of great fortunes lost by hundreds now forgotten by history. And he reveals the profound effect of the Gold Rush on the way Americans viewed their destinies, as the Puritan ethic of hard work and the gradual accumulation of worldly riches gave way to the notion of getting rich quickly. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Grover Gardner

Length:

17h 54m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:09


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:21


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:41


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:30


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:47


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:51


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:53


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:37


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:14


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:37


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:48


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:54


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:56


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:19


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:04


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:30


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:16


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:06


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:32


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:13


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:59


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:55


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:38


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:37


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:21


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:29


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

09:35


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:53


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:17


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:26


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:56


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

09:08


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:39


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:16


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:01


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:51


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:50


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:22


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:31


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

09:47


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

09:48


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:44


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:57


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:47


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

09:37


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:37


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:23


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:27


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:33


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

09:32


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:45


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:00


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:14


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:27


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:05


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:18


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:27


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:32


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:02


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:21


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

09:07


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

10:00


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

09:35


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:57


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

09:46


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

09:58


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:51


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

09:40


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:19


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:55


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:58


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:39


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

09:43


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

09:22


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:48


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

09:31


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:13


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:56


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:31


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:30


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

09:29


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

09:06


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:58


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:55


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:45


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:44


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:12


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:11


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:43


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

08:35


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

09:33


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:44


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:53


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

08:05


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

09:50


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

08:14


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:14


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:39


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

09:55


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

09:24


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:44


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

06:33


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:35


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

00:27