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SUBJECTS — U.S./Frontier and the West; California;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Male Role Model; Justice;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — General.
Age: 12+; Not Rated; Drama; 1935; 90 minutes; B & W.
This drama of love, greed, and frontier justice gives us a glimpse of San Francisco during the Gold Rush and the role of newspapers and vigilantes in the Old West.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Barbary Coast provides historical background about the California Gold Rush and suggests discussion questions to bring out the lessons inherent in the movie. The movie can supplement lesson plans in U.S. history.
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Barbary Coast is a tale of early San Francisco and its efforts to make itself into a civilized community.
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In 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill near San Francisco. Gold fever gripped the nation and thousands of men left the East for the gold fields. The mining camps and towns that grew up in or near the gold fields were almost exclusively populated by men. The only women were prostitutes, "Mexicans" or "Indians," who, according to the prejudices of the time, were considered to be about the same. There were very few "white" women. Along with the prospectors came those who were ready to take the prospectors' gold in gambling halls or by selling equipment and supplies to them at inflated prices.
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