December 15, 2017

Today in History: Gold Discovered in California


Today in History–January 24–the Library of Congress features gold, discovered in California on this day in 1848. The discovery was first met with skepticism and the California gold rush did not begin in full receiving an endorsement from President James Polk in December, 1848. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to discover gold-related primary sources and other resources from across the Library.

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Primary source sets

Global Gateway Resources

Stories from America’s Library

State Spotlight: California primary source collections & teaching resources

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