Lesson 2: The Gold Rush and the Native American Slave Trade

This is the first of a two-part lesson about the how the Gold Rush led to the enslavement of native communities. This lesson will provide the context about the Gold Rush that led to Native American Slave trade. Students will analyze advertisements and news articles that are related to the Gold Rush, an event that gave Europeans an excuse to enslave Natives. Students will discuss why the 49’ers viewed Natives as competition.