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"Spanish Flat, 1852"

Many African Americans, both free born and enslaved, were part of the wave of migrants who headed toward California during the Gold Rush. While racial tensions existed, many black miners worked side by side with both immigrant and native-born white miners. Photos like this were taken by photographers who travelled around rural areas, where people hired them to take their pictures.

Source | “[Spanish Flat, 1852]; Calisphere,
Creator | Unknown
Rights | Courtesy of the California History Room, California State Library, Sacramento, California.
Item Type | Photograph
Cite This document | Unknown, “"Spanish Flat, 1852",” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed August 5, 2021,

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