Synopses & Reviews
Here for the first time in a book for young readers is the story of the African American forty-niners who went west to seek fortunes and
freedom in the California Gold Rush.
Among the thousands drawn west by the California Gold Rush were many African Americans. Some were free men and women in search of opportunity; others were slaves brought from the slave states of the South. Some found freedom and wealth in the gold fields and growing cities of California, but all faced the deeply entrenched prejudices of the era.
To tell this story Hurry Freedom! focuses on the life of Mifflin Gibbs, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850 and established a successful boot and shoe business. But Gibbs's story is more than one of business and personal success: With other African American San Franciscans, he led a campaign to obtain equal legal and civil rights for Blacks in California.
About the Author
Jerry Stanley was professor of history at California State University at Bakersfield until 1998. His books include Children of the Dust Bowl, I Am an American, and Big Annie of Calumet, all ALA Notable Books, and Digger: The Tragic Fate of the California Indians from the Missions to the Gold Rush.