Legacies of El Dorado

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How did the emergence of the Gold Rush in California lead to the development of an urban society, largely connected to a wider world of trade? Young historians review and analyze eight primary source documents to discover the cultural and economic effects of the Gold Rush on the state.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Classroom Considerations

  • In order to appreciate the immense diversity that the Gold Rush brought to California, pupils should have some background knowledge of the general demographics of the state and the nation as a whole prior to beginning this lesson
Pros

  • All primary sources and guiding questions provided in the resource
  • Extensive teacher background information provided
Cons

  • There is no answer key included for the primary source questions
Common Core