Book Review

‘Gold!: The Story of the 1848 Gold Rush and How It Shaped a Nation’ by Fred Rosen

STORY: On January 24, 1848, as carpenter James Marshall worked on building a sawmill at John Sutter's Fort, east of Sacramento, California, he accidentally discovered a pea-sized nugget of gold in a ditch. Just like that, the scope of the American myth changed. From 1848 to 1850, 90,000 people trekked across the continent; by 1854, that… Continue reading ‘Gold!: The Story of the 1848 Gold Rush and How It Shaped a Nation’ by Fred Rosen