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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

The Gold Rush Preview

  • Aired: 11/05/2006
  • 00:31
  • Rating: NR
On January 24, 1848, James Marshall found gold near the fork of the American and Sacramento Rivers, and unleashed a massive migration from around the world to what had been a forgotten backwater. With head-spinning speed, these gold-seekers created one of the most extraordinary societies in history -- hard-driving, overwhelmingly male, often brutal.
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