Saturday, March 8, 2008

Hurry Freedoom: African Americans in Gold Rush California by Jerry Stanley

Hurry Freedom: African Americans in Gold Rush California by Jerry Stanley
Here for the first time in a book for young readers is the story of the African American forty-niners who went west to seek fortunes and freedom in the California Gold Rush. Among the thousands drawn west by the California Gold Rush were many African Americans. Some were free men and women in search of opportunity; others were slaves brought from the slave states of the South. Some found freedom and wealth in the gold fields and growing cities of California, but all faced the deeply entrenched prejudices of the era. To tell this story Hurry Freedom focuses on the life of Mifflin Gibbs, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850 and established a successful boot and shoe business. But Gibbs's story is more than one of business and personal success: With other African American San Franciscans, he led a campaign to obtain equal legal and civil rights for Blacks in California. - SBCL

The author recounts the activities of African Americans during the Gold Rush. The book concentrates on the life and work of Mifflin Gibbs, who came to San Francisco in 1850 and was dedicated to protecting the civil rights of African Americans in California. Includes an index, a bibliographic note, and archival photos and prints. - CDE

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