African Americans of the California Gold Rush is another overlooked chapter of African American history. In this episode, Susan Anderson shares her considerable knowledge about how The Gold Rush Era marked the real beginning of African American migration into California: around 200 to 300 slaves came to work the gold fields, followed by free African Americans. We learn something about their stories as well as their history.
Susan also dropped genealogical knowledge about the 1850 census, where best to find records for African Americans in the west during the 1850s, and more. If you missed this show yesterday you are going to want to watch it today!
Susan D. Anderson is History Curator and Program Manager at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, and a member of the editorial board of California History journal. She has published and lectured widely with an emphasis on California’s hidden African American past. Susan’s book, Nostalgia for a Trumpet: Poems of Memory and History was published by Northwestern University Press. Her forthcoming book, African Americans and the California Dream, is under contract with Heyday Books
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