On This Day: California Gold Rush

Upon hearing of the gold discovery at Sutter's Mill in California in the 1840s, a flood of migrants went West in search of wealth and fame. Others, such as Chinese workers, came from farther away. Using video clips from historians and archivists showing artifacts, pupils explore the California Gold Rush and its legacy on the American West.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create an essay and ask pupils to use the resource to help them answer the prompt
  • Use videos to set up a project to research the various groups who migrated to California during the 1840s
Classroom Considerations
  • To access the videos, create a free C-SPAN Classroom account or use the following login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Images of artifacts are engaging
  • Clips explore groups often marginalized in history
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