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Standard 5.0 History

Topic B. Emergence, Expansion and Changes in Nations and Empires

Indicator 4. Analyze patterns of immigration to the United States before 1877

Objective b. Analyze the consequences of the rapid settlement of California and Oregon

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Acting as members of California “town councils” during the Gold Rush, have students draft laws to deal with problems caused by the young state’s rapid expansion.