Gold Rush Injustice Against African-Americans

In the 1960s, activist minister and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream for social justice and racial equality for African-Americans. He envisioned a United States where people weren’t discriminated against based on the color of their skin. That dream is still a work in progress, but a glimpse into the California Gold Rush illuminates the nation’s historic challenges for achieving racial harmony.

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It’s been 170 years since tens of thousands of hell-bent men and women swarmed into northern California in 1849 to reap their share of newly discovered gold. Crazed by the lure of instant wealth, they jammed aboard cramped sailing ships or endured fatiguing overland treks in order to dig placer gold out of…

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