There's Gold In Them Thar Hills!
California gold miner. [Online Image] Available http://www.americaslibrary.gov/pages/jb_1829-1859_subj_e.html, June 17, 2001.
The California Gold Rush of 1849 lured many people across the West. Most of the searches ended in failure. However, those that gave up searching for gold settled in the West and helped build communities that still thrive today.
This nonsense songs sings of a girl named Clementine who traveled to California's gold fields with her father and other prospectors. This silly song helped the prospectors laugh at their misfortunes. This Stephen Foster tune is one of the most popular folk songs ever written. During the Gold Rush the words to this song were changed, which was a common practice of the day. The new words to this famous tune were the favorite song of the "forty-niners." Most of the prospectors who came to California to become rich failed at their attempts. However, many of them stayed in the West and took up new jobs. This helped build new communities.
Al Jolson (1886-1950) was a well-known entertainer during the early part of the 20th Century. He wrote a song called California Here I Come. Many people in California think this tune should be the official state song. What do you think should be the state song?
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