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Stepping Stone 5

1. What does the Bowie knife (Documents A and B) tell you about the types of people who joined the Gold Rush?

2. How might the Bowie knife serve as a metaphor for the lives of the “forty-niners”?

3. How did the discovery of gold promote both dreams and disappointment among the gold seekers?

4. How did the Gold Rush support the American Dream as well as Manifest Destiny?