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{What Was the Gold Rush?: Joan Holub}What Was the Gold Rush? by Joan Holub
Series: What was... series
Published by Grosset & Dunlap on February 7, 2013
Genres: Childrens, Junior High, Middle School, Non-Fiction
Pages: 112
Format: Paperback
Source: Read for Review
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{Synopsis} – In 1848, gold was discovered in California, attracting over 300,000 people from all over the world, some who struck it rich and many more who didn't. Hear the stories about the gold-seeking “forty-niners!” With black-and white illustrations and sixteen pages of photos, a nugget from history is brought to life!

{My thoughts} – The Gold Rush was an important time period that had taken place in 1848. It helped to shape the United States into much of what it is today. This book teaches the reader many of the significant events that had occurred from 1799-1914. The event that is most focused on is the Gold Rush, but because of the Gold Rush so many other important events had taken place.

When you think about the Gold Rush you think of all the people that had rushed to California to mine Gold. That isn’t the only location in which gold mining had taken place. It also isn’t the only job that had been available at the time. It is true that finding gold wasn’t an easy task and that many people had died trying, but that didn’t stop them from trying. There were also those individual’s that had found ways to make a living even though they didn’t want to mine gold.

Many of the bushinesses that had begun during the events of the Gold Rush are still around today. It was interesting to learn that so many of them that we know of now were created back then and that they’s survived all those years.

I love reading about and learning history. It’s one of my favorite subjects. I enjoy being able to learn more about subjects that interest me and subjects that I didn’t otherwise know much about. I think that this book is wonderful for kids and that it could easily be used as a summary of events should a parent or teacher want to quiz a child on what they learned. It can also be a nice read for a child just enjoys learning facts about the country in which we live in. Either way it’s nicely written and extremely informative.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.