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Author Lapp, Rudolph M., author.

Title Blacks in Gold Rush California / Rudolph M. Lapp.

Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, 1977.

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 Moore Stacks  E185.C2 L36    Available  ---
Description xiv, 321 pages, 6 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Series Yale Western Americana series ; 29
Yale Western Americana series ; 29.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-314) and index.
Contents Before the gold rush -- Blacks join the gold rush -- In the mines -- In the cities -- Southern California -- Slavery and the fugitive slave in California -- Churches and schools -- The background of the Colored Convention Movement -- The three conventions -- The exodus to Victoria -- The last years of the decade.
Summary In the two years after the discovery of gold as Sutter's Mill in 1848, one hundred thousand persons made the difficult trek to California in search of quick wealth. One thousand of them were blacks. By 1860 there were five thousand. They formed the largest voluntary migration of American blacks before the Civil War. Yet few whites then or now have been aware of the part that blacks played in America's epic adventure. Most black Forty-niners went west less to escape a hard lot than to seek their fortune. Some mined alone or together with whites, others formed companies of their own. They included both free blacks and slaves. Lapp examines their life in mining communities and their relationships with other minorities and with whites. He also records for the first time in detail the history of the California Colored Conventions, examining the ideology and eastern origin of its leadership, its problems, and the exodus of many of its members to Canada. Altogether, the author has pieced together a coherent and fascinating narrative of this missing chapter of history. -- from Book Jacket.
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Subject African Americans -- California -- History.
Slavery -- California.
Gold mines and mining -- California -- History.
California -- Gold discoveries.
African Americans.
Gold mines and mining.
African Americans -- California.
Gold mines and mining -- California.
United States, California -- History.
United States, California -- Minorities.
United States, California -- Occupations.
African Americans -- California -- History
Slavery -- California
Gold mines and mining -- California -- History
California -- Gold discoveries
Genre/Form History.
ISBN 0300019882