One instance was that of Sam Brannan, a Mormon merchant who worked at Sutter’s Fort, Sam bought all the mining supplies he could find, and filled his store at Sutter’s Fort with all the mining provisions that customers would need. Then he took a small bottle full of gold flakes to a nearby town, which we know as San Francisco. Sam walked up and down the streets, waving the bottle of gold over his head and shouting “Gold, gold, gold in the American River!” The next day, the town’s newspaper described San Francisco as a “ghost town.” Sam Brannan quickly became California’s first millionaire, selling supplies to the miners as they passed by Sutter’s Fort, then the Gold rush had begun (Hist. 347 lecture October 1, 2012). In instances such as Brannan’s, you didn’t have to look for gold to make a profit, he had the right idea of buying up everything people needed to find gold (Hist.
In “Dame Shirley’s” third letter she writes about how Rich Bar came to be. She tells the story of how the rumor of gold sent a company of 100 on a 45 mile journey. Only carrying with them, “a pair of blankets, a frying pan, some flour, salt pork, brandy, pick axe, and a shovel” (p. 26) in search of gold. It only took a few days for Rich Bar to be “claimed” and “five hundred men had settled upon the bar for the summer” (p. 26). I think that this story is a good example of how people would easily uproot their lives in their search for riches.
One conflict was the gold rush of 1849, where some gold was found in what is now California, and millions of settlers went west to get rich on gold, and in the process fought with the Spanish who lived out there, and then killed many Indians who also settled in that land. After California was bleed dry, the settlers thought maybe the neighboring states would have gold, which lead to another gold rush in Colorado in 1850, Idaho and Montana in the 1860, and Arizona and Nevada during the 1870's. Even though gold really wasn't found in those states other minerals where found like silver in those states, which made the West one of the worlds largest reservoirs of precious metals. Plus the Indians where pushed aside for the railroad expansions, the railroads where away to expand west and do it quickly, as opposed to traveling by horse and wagon, or by walking even in some cases. In most cases, the people who traveled West for precious metals would usually travel back
The Gilded Age • “Gilded Age” by Mark Twain • New technology • Breaker boys: sat in coal refineries and picked out impurities in the coal • Corruption of every political office • Boss Tweed: one of the most corrupt figures of this time • Income disparity – extremely wealthy and extremely poor people • People are getting into debt • Government only cares about their own agendas • Social issues: immigration, international interventions, and new technology • Rise of industries leads to urbanization: the transition from rural to urban living to take advantage of new technology 80% in farms to 80% in cities • Rush of people to cities fills jobs but creates social problem: living conditions near all time low for most • Immigration to
Mining was an important factor in the development of the West during the 1800s. When people got wind of a discovery of gold or silver, they would flock to the area with hopes of striking it rich due to the high value of these minerals. These prospectors would use pan and placer mining to sift the minerals out from streams or the shallow surface of the land. After these shallow resources of the minerals were depleted, commercial mining outfits would come in and extract the gold and silver from deep underground. “The thousands of people who flocked to the mining towns in search of quick wealth and who failed to find it often remained as wage laborers in corporate mines after the boom period” (Brinkley, 2007).
Economics: Salida is the service, supply, and tourism center for the Upper Arkansas Valley. Being a gold mine town, The city developed quickly, and became the hub of a prosperous mining and agricultural region within a decade of its founding. Salida endured devastating fires in its business areas in 1886 and 1888, but rebounded to build a substantial commercial area consisting principally of two-story brick buildings. The burned buildings deprived many jobs - which drove the unemployment rate up to 15-30 percent in the late 1980’s - though the citizens of salida slowly recovered. Transportation: The Denver and Rio Grande
It brought a lot of jobs to the west and also brought immigrants. When the gold rush first started people flocked to California to get a part in the rush. The strongest men from every city left their homes to find wealth. The people who made it to California first found plentiful gold, but it was hard work, and there were many people trying to get the gold. Immigrants form all over the world came to find instant wealth, so during the rush California became the most diverse state in the country.
She also states another simile in lines 19 through 20 by stating "'Cause I laugh like I got gold mines diggin' in my own back yard." This refers back to how much money and their rank in society based on their savings or daily makings somebody makes in life. We all know that some people, look up or look down on you depending on how much money you make. Angelou is trying to say that even if she is bankrupt, and down and out, or wealthy, and living great, "still I'll rise" [LL 12] Another literary element that Angelou uses in the poem is metaphor. The usage metaphors in the poem, "Still I Rise," help you create an image in your mind.
PrMichael Mondavi Mehling Mr. Rawnsley English-001A, Sect 1374 November 21, 2012 Proposition 34 Proposition 34 is beneficial for the people of the state of California. The implementation of Proposition 34 would create a grand total of $ 100 million dollars for local law agencies to solve rapes and criminal cases. Could you imagine the pain, the tears, and the sorrow the family members have to cope with? All the memories, the flashbacks, the laughs and all the moments you shared with that certain person all gone with an swing of a knife, a pull on the trigger, or the strength of your hands. Would you vote yes on Proposition 34?