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American Experience | The Gold Rush Preview | PBS

Duration: 00:31
Program: American Experience #1906
Broadcast Date: Nov. 6, 2006

On January 24, 1848, James Marshall found gold near the fork of the American and Sacramento Rivers, and unleashed a massive migration from around the world to what had been a forgotten backwater. With head-spinning speed, these gold-seekers created one of the most extraordinary societies in history -- hard-driving, overwhelmingly male, often brutal.

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Post Date: September 7, 2011