Western Expansion and Reform: There's Gold in That Creek!

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This Web page, part of the "Jump Back in Time" section of the "America's Story" Web site, describes how James W. Marshall discovered gold in 1848, sparking the California gold rush. Click on the "next" arrow at the bottom of the text to learn more about the fortunes of prospectors who flooded to California in search of gold.

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