How does Miners during the California Gold Rush suggest about the changes occuring during this time period for many ethnic groups?
The expanding Republic brought new oppotunities for some immigrants as well as white Americans, but it also brought increasing dislocation for Native Americans, so what does Miners during the California Gold Rush suggest about the changes occuring today during this time period?
The changes that occurred in California during the gold rush point to some of the lessening of certain prejudices along with the reinforcement of others. Native Americans were still treated terribly and often forcefully removed from any land that was considered valuable. Many immigrants from Asia were funnelled into low wage and often dangerous jobs and not allowed the same freedom that immigrants from South America enjoyed.
And after the initial excitement and basic lawlessness of the early stages of the rush, many white forty-niners sought laws to be established that would keep foreigners out of the mines and maintain the opportunity and privilege for them and their own ethnic group and not allow things to open up to foreigners.