Going for Gold


Subjects: History, Social Studies
Grade Level: All
Source: Cable in the Classroom

Times are tough, the economy is down, and gold prices are sky high. Today’s news?  No!  It’s 1849 and there’s a gold rush in California and again in the 1890’s in Alaska.  Dig deeper into the allure of gold and why men dropped everything and risked all in hope of striking it rich.  This article presents several teaching tips for examining the two gold rushes.  It also includes links to streaming video and web sites from History and Discovery Channel.


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