There wasn’t any government in the Gold Rush. All of the laws were created and enforced by the miners of California. This created a problem. The miners were prejudice. They did not like anyone who had a different skin color, or spoke a different language. If someone who was on trial had either of these traits, the miners usually gave them the punishment that would happen if the person were guilty. Sometimes the person was guilty, and sometimes he wasn’t. If the person wasn’t guilty, but he was found guilty because the miners were prejudice and the punishment was hanging, an innocent life was lost. If the person was guilty, and the punishment was hanging and they were found guilty, a problem was solved throughout the camp. If the miners did not make a good decision, sometimes-bad things would happen. Miners dealt with all things, and they didn’t have the best decision, so the miners needed a government.


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