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The Impact of the Gold Rush on Native Americans of California

This inquiry lesson provides primary sources, maps, images, and background history to offer teachers and students insight into a little-known but vitally important aspect of one of the most iconic events in American history—the California gold rush. Students will analyze sources to answer the question: Do American actions against California Native Americans during the gold rush meet the United Nations definition of genocide?

Resource Information

grades   8 9 10 11 12
featured nations
Miwok, Nisenan, Pomo, Sinkyone, Wailaki, Wiyot
subjects
Government & Civics, English Language Arts, Geography, History, Social Studies
regions
California, North America