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California Gold Rush Quotes

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"Gold! Gold! Gold from the American River!"

- Samuel Brannan, running through the streets of San Francisco waving a bottle of gold dust in the air, 184814
"California presented to people a new model for the American dream—one where the emphasis was on the ability to take risks, the willingness to gamble on the future."15

- Historian H.W. Brands
"'Genocide' is a word I hesitate to use, but what happens in California is very close to genocide."

- Historian Richard White, on the Gold Rush's effects on California's Indians16

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