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The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War (Vintage Civil War Library)

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From award-winning historian Leonard L. Richards, an authoritative and revealing portrait of an overlooked harbinger of the terrible battle yet to come.

When gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in 1848, Americans of all stripes saw the potential for both wealth and power. Among the more calculating were Southern slave owners. By making California a slave state, they could increase the value of their slaves—by 50 percent at least, and maybe much more. They could also gain additional influence in Congress and expand Southern economic clout, abetted by a new transcontinental railroad that would run through the South. Yet, despite their machinations, California entered the union as a free state. Disillusioned Southerners would agitate for even more slave territory, leading to the Kansas-Nebraska Act and, ultimately, to the Civil War itself.

About the Author

Leonard L. Richards, Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, grew up in California, and earned his AB, MA, and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley and Davis. He has also taught at San Francisco State College and the University of Hawaii. His "Gentlemen of Property and Standing": Anti-Abolition Mobs in Jacksonian America won the American Historical Association's Albert J. Beveridge Award in 1970. The Life and Times of Congressman John Quincy Adams was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1987 and The Slave Power: The Free North and Southern Domination, 1780-1860 took the second-place Lincoln Prize in 2001. He is also the author, with William Graebner, of The American Record (1981, 1987, 1995, 2000, 2005) and of Shay's Rebellion: The American Revolution's Final Battle (2002). He and his wife live in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307277572
Author:
Richards, Leonard L
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Richards, Leonard L.
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-
Subject:
California Gold discoveries.
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Subject:
california;civil war;history;antebellum;american civil war
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Civil War Library
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
42 ILLUS and 8 MAPS
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.02x5.86x.63 in. .64 lbs.

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