Lots of people were driven to the Gold Rush by gold. This was
called “Gold Fever”. Gold fever is not a sickness, but a phenomenon
that lures people towards
gold. Cultures with
different skin color and languages were treated poorly. People who
spoke English and had white skin were treated fairly. Chinese were only
allowed to mine on old claims that no one wanted to mine on. They were
frequently beaten, and had their homes and businesses destroyed.
Chilenos were from Mexico and South America. They were beaten and had
to pay high taxes. They were allowed to stake a claim, but they had to
leave any claim that was proven to be rich. Native Americans watched
their land get destroyed, their streams get polluted, had their homes
destroyed, and their wildlife scared away. Lots of different ethnic
groups that were not American were treated very unfairly. Different
cultures from all around the world were driven to the Gold Rush.