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.Premiere Date: November 5, 2006 | Runtime: 00:00:31
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American Experience, TVs most-watched history series, brings to life the compelling stories from our past that inform our understanding of the world today.