by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Long before people flocked to California in search of gold, North Carolina experienced the nation’s first “gold rush.”
John Hood detailed this little-told piece of Tar Heel history during a presentation today for the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. In the video clip below, Hood discusses some of the long-term impacts of North Carolina’s gold mining industry, which was centered in Charlotte.
2:05 p.m. update: Click play below to watch the full 47:27 event.
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