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

H. W. Brands

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.

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.
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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:

Brian Mancinelli

Length:

6h 1m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:56


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:34


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:11


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:20


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:49


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:27


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:33


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:34


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:18


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:04


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:16


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:23


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:19


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:52


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:53


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:45


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:49


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:10


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:02