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Historical background Alex Frieden 12/20/05 Myers pd. 8 Mark Twain the 49er Alex Frieden Samuel Clemens, otherwise known as Mark Twain, lived from 1835 until 1910. He experienced a great deal in his life and lived through a time in witch out country was filling out into her current territorial boundaries. He fought in the civil war, lived on the frontier and mined in the gold rush. Mark twain spent much of his life influenced by the residual of the era of the ‘49ers and mining culture in general. On January 24 th 1849 James Marshall a California mill worker looking into the streambed of his employer, Jon Sutter, found a nugget of gold. This discovery was incredible. Unbeknownst to Marshall and Sutter, it would soon lead to a massive migration into California, an event that we now call the California gold rush. Despite the vows that were made to keep the gold a secret, rumors started to leak across the country that fortune lay just below the surface of the California streambeds. By ’48 the word had reached the east but most believed it to be fictitious or fraudulent. This was all cleared up in December of 1848 when president Polk himself announced to the country that: “The accounts of the abundance of gold in that territory [California] are of such extraordinary character as would scarcely command belief were they not corroborated by authentic reports of officers in the public service.” (President James Polk , speech 5th December 1848) After this announcement was made the country and even the world to a lesser extent went in to a gold-seeking frenzy, dropping everything to head west in 1
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Historical background Alex Frieden 12/20/05 Myers pd. 8 search of that precious yellow metal. Farmers Put down their plows, shopkeepers closed their doors and everyone left their possessions behind to take part in this
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