JLF’s Hood details North Carolina’s early 19th-century gold rush

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.

You’ll find other John Locke Foundation video presentations here.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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