Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hardships: the Iditarod vs. the California Gold Rush


During a recent discussion of Woodsong, it was stated that one of the big ideas was that the Iditarod has many hardships. Following that, the question was asked if the California Gold Rush had more hardships. For this blog, give your opinion on the following:

What had more hardships, the California Gold Rush or the Iditarod? 

Carefully compare the two events. Use the information from Gary Paulsen’s Iditarod experience and our gold rush study to make your decision. Be sure that you have support for your ideas and use multiple examples to prove your big idea. 

You need to have a solid opinion statement, followed with supporting evidence including your thinking, and then a conclusion that strongly restates your opinion. Your overall task is to convince your readers of the opinion you have. 

We are nearing the end of the school year, so this post should have excellent spelling, conventions and powerful vocabulary so that your ideas come screaming through the writing!

Let’s get a good discussion going on this topic! Comment on each other’s thoughts; disagree with the ideas that are against your opinion, and support the ideas that are in agreement with yours.   

208 comments:

  1. I can't wait to start spilling out all of my ideas!

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    1. I can't wait to read all your ideas, either! I hope that we get a lively debate going with this blog!

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  2. I'm very nervous.

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    1. No need to be nervous; have fun with it!

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  3. It's going to be fun arguing against each other.

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    1. I agree even though our paragraphs differ in a vary of ways!

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    2. All I have to say is I want you all to answer this simple question, Would your rather be in the shoes of a Gold Miner or in the shoes of an Iditarod musher? I am not sure if this will change the minds of many people but I just want to know! Be honest!

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  4. I look forward to that part! Let's get those thoughts debated!

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  5. This is going to be a fun debate!

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    1. Someone needs to be the first to get it rolling!

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  6. The Gold Rush’s hardships were harder than the Iditarod’s difficulties.The Gold Rush started in 1848. During this era, it was tougher for the miners to get to the location than the sledders of the Iditarod since everyone was mainly living in the east. The only sources of transportations were going across the continent by wagon or going around Cape Horn by ship. The trip to California would take months. The Iditarod trip took 20 days for the winner to finish in 1973. Once the gold miners arrived at the destination, other terrible misfortunes were created. After an expensive trip to get to California, money was hard to earn and living expenses were high. One egg cost a miner $3.00. One dollar in the 1800s was equivalent to $30 today. This meant one egg in the Gold Rush would cost $90 today! Also, not many people made it rich in the Gold Rush. Almost all miners left empty-handed. Unlike the Iditarod, the time commitment was longer and expensive. Many people were discriminated against during the Gold Rush. About half of the 300,000 miners who travelled to California were non-English, non-white speaking people. These people were often accused of many crimes. Even when they were innocent, they were killed by hanging or shooting. The guilty people were as free as a bird. The deaths of a crime in the Gold Rush were horrible. There were no formal laws in California during the Gold Rush. Many people were accused and killed for “bad deeds” that were not clearly stated. Many people lost their money and mining equipment via theft. There was not any discrimination in the Iditarod due to the race rules. The sledders had to deal with the weather and the attacking animals (a moose). However there were less deaths compared to the Gold Rush miners. Lastly, many diseases were fatal in the 1800s. The Cholera Epidemic killed more than 150,000 people. Scarlet fever was another culprit that killed many miners. Scurvy was caused during the trip to California. There were definitely less disease mortalities associated with Iditarod race. Therefore,the Gold Rush had all these hardships which made it extremely more difficult than the Iditarod.

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    1. I agree 100% Alex. Good job. It was very intresting.

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    2. I am very nervous to get my grade.

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    3. Outstanding job Alex! You totally thoroughly got all the minor details in and made an amazing writing piece!

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    4. I agree Alex, and I liked your proof.

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    5. I agree with your blog Alex! Love the conclusion!

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  7. You have a lot of evidence for your side, Alex. It seems like Iditarod racers faced physical peril. Was there that same danger in the gold rush? You've used your ideas to influence a reader well.

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  8. There's no doubt that the California Gold Rush had far more hardships than the Iditarod. First of all, a lot more people were involved. Some gold mining camps had made makeshift law books, but they weren’t really payed attention to. No consistent laws and loads of people create an environment for disaster. As a result of there being no consistent laws and lots of people there was plenty crime and death. There were loads of competition in very close quarters, which resulted in more crime and death. The presence of different cultures and a lot of discrimination did nothing to help the matter. More cultures and discrimination meant even more death.Gold miners regularly carried weapons and the Iditarod racers weren’t allowed weapons. Access to weapons made it easier for there to be a lot of bloodshed. The close quarters and unsanitary conditions the miners lived in caused diseases to break out. Heat attracted pests, which were the cause of more diseases. The seventeen day long Iditarod just can’t have more hardships than the three year long California Gold Rush.

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    1. Good arguments, Calvin. You have pointed out many aspects of hardships in the gold rush. Whereas the gold rush had bloodshed, did the Iditarod?

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    2. I agree with Mr. La Marr. Good Job Calvin!

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    3. Great blog Calvin! I totally agree with Mr.LaMarr!

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    4. Great topic sentance Calvin!I agree with ^Angel^, Mr. LaMarr, AND Eli!

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  9. That's two for the California Gold Rush. Anyone thinking it's the Iditarod?

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    1. Most likely not.

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    2. I think a few people will vote for Iditarod.. it was a hard decision for me to choose Iditarod or California Gold Rush

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    3. Wow, you really did a great job! You have really good support

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    4. Thanks a lot Sarah.

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  10. I am absolutely, positively sure that the Gold Rush was definitely harder than the Iditarod. I think the Gold Rush was definitely harder than the Gold Rush for a most wide span of reasons. First, in the Gold Rush there was no law and order. People killed each other for many non important or/and silly reasons. Second, there was disease in the Gold Rush like cholera and scurvy. There was no disease in the Iditarod. If there was, they would probably have medicine to cure it. They didn’t have the medicine for cholera and scurvy because they didn’t know what was causing it. People were dying like crazy and the doctors couldn’t help them. Third, the contestants in the Iditarod knew there would be hardships. Some even experienced those hardships but they competed anyway. Fourth, people weren’t treating others fairly.Chinese men could only mine where a white man already had mined. African Americans and women could not vote. Fifth, even all the routes to California was probably the hardest part of the Gold Rush. They had their own unique hardship. Sixth, in the Iditarod, the people knew if they were first, they got a prize! But in the Gold Rush, there was no promise that the people would find any gold. The people even murdered to get a small bag of gold dust. Therefore, the Gold Rush was definitely harder than the Iditarod!

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    1. Amazing work Elizabeth! You were very intricate! I like how you discussed about the discrimination that went on during the Gold Rush!

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    2. Huh? Does ELi=Elizabeth? I thought Eli=Elias. But, just now, "Eli said thanks when ^Angel^ commented to Elizabeth! I am so confused!

      Anyways, I agree with Angel, Elizabeth. Your blog was very nice!

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    3. I thought Elizabeth's nickname was Lizzy or Lizz! Not Eli! ...

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    4. Eli does=Elizabeth!May 11, 2017 at 2:44 PM

      I changed. I like short names. I just wanted shorter!

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    5. Good thoughts on why the gold rush had more hardships, Elizabeth. What do you think the biggest hardship was in the Iditarod? Could that be used to argue that the gold rush had more hardships?

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    6. I agree with Mr. LaMarr! Your blog was nice about the Gold Rush!

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  11. Definitely, the Gold Rush had more hardships than the Iditarod. The Gold Rush had no official laws, and the Iditarod does. Since there was no laws if you looked like a criminal you could be hanging by your neck in a tree faster than you could blink, and you didn’t even get a “court” date. There was also a lot of disease, like Cholera, Scurvy, and Yellow Fever were all spreading around the Gold Rush. On top of all these horrible diseases spreading around the Gold Rush, the technology to treat them was not good and sometimes, not effective. In the Iditarod the technology was effective. In the Gold Rush a lot of cultures were discriminated toward. People who were not white or english speaking were shown disrespect. In the Iditarod no one is discriminated toward. The Gold Rush era was filled with WAY more hardships than the Iditarod.

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    1. Good job Alexandra! You rock!

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    2. I agree with you Alexandra, your details are really good.

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    3. Wow, you really did a great job! You have really good support

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    4. Alluring piece Alexandra! Your ideas are amazing!

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    5. I wonder if there was discrimination in the Iditarod . . . do we have evidence that there wasn't? I wonder if women drivers were treated the same as the men.

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    6. Alexandra, great topic and ending sentance! Great Blog in genaral!

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  12. The Iditarod vs. the California Gold Rush
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    I am the most sure person on the planet that the Gold Rush is worse than the Iditarod. My proof is that many more people died from diseases like cholera, typhoid, measles, malaria, small pox, whooping cough and tuberculosis. In the Gold Rush there was many criminals that stole and murdered. Anybody that was none white and none American was discriminated against in the Gold Rush. A bad thing about the Gold Rush was it took so long to get to the gold fields. One way to get to the gold fields was to go around the horn, approximately 25,000 people traveled this route, and it took them about nine months to complete. Traveling Around the Horn cost around four hundred dollars. Overland was traveled by covered wagon, and generally could be completed in one hundred days. This route was much safer and more comfortable than Around the Horn. When only took a short car ride to get to the race of the Iditarod. In the Gold Rush there were no laws so that created a problem. The problem was that everyone did whatever they wanted.That is why i’m positively absolutely sure that the Gold Rush has more hardships. I definitely agree with Alexandra, Elizabeth, Calvin, and Alex.

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    1. I agree! Good job!

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    2. Tremendous job Sarah!

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    3. Your paragraph=Awesome and %100 correct!

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    4. What about all the freezing temperatures of the Iditarod and the sleeplessness, and trying to manage all those dogs every day? Sounds rough to me! I agree with your gold rush facts; the Iditarod certainly had some strong personal hardships, too.

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    5. I like the topic sentance...................

      BUT the Iditarod race also had terrible hardships.....


      BuT, I AM on the Gold Rush side

      GREAT BLOG Sarah though!

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  13. Great job Sarah!

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  14. It took more grit and perseverance to survive the hardships of the gold rush than the hardships of the Iditarod. In the gold rush there were many diseases such as cholera and scurvy, one could die from these sicknesses, although, it was less likely to pick up one of these diseases while running the Iditarod. In the gold rush Visual Antes were a big problem; they thought that they needed to take justice into their own hands, and so they did. People were dying left and right, the Visual Antes would hang anyone who fit their description of guilty. Running the Iditarod there was no one chasing down random people to hang them. Though it was freezing cold in Alaska competition for gold was strongly brewing in the stomachs of the gold thirsty miners. Gold is rare so it is highly sought after, this caused theft and chaos between the miners. All of the miners wanted gold but since it is scarce many miners went home empty handed; yet in the Iditarod there was no gold and most mushers got the pride of finishing a 1000 +mile race. The laws in the gold rush were hard to follow since each mining camp had a different set of laws. So when going to another camp, one would not know what the laws were. This was a problem, when the people did not follow the laws for the mining camp that they were in at the time they would be hanged. Times in the California gold rush were without a doubt harder than running the Alaskan Iditarod.

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    1. Awesome blog Breana! I really admire how you talked a little about the Visual Antes!

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    2. You did a wonderful blog Breana! I liked how you used a lot of really good wording in your blog!

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    3. Good to contrast your gold rush ideas with the ideas in the Iditarod. Contrasting the hardships makes for a stronger argument!

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    4. Wonderfull job Breanna! I totally agree.

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    5. Oh My....

      Breana, My mouth is hanging open and wide as i read your blog. I just simply LOVE your topic sentance.

      Your blog=AMAZING THINGS! =) :O

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  15. I know the Iditarod had way harder, more challenging, and definitely needed more skill to take on. The Iditarod was the kind of thing not anyone can just apply for and say they did it. This 1000-mile obstacle course may look tempting for the beuty but trust me, you will regret not knowing what’s coming. The gold rush may have little hardships but the Iditarod unquestionably had way more struggle. When the gold rush is an event with many people finding gold, only one person wins this harsh race and receives the right to say they compete against and beat about 32 mushers in the process. The Iditarod involves plowing through snow up to your boots and breathing air that is -32 degrees. A friend of are’s experienced this extreme cold which burst blood vessels causing disgusting mucus to poor out and crowd his throat making it hard for him to breath. I do not think a kid could survive 1 day in these circumstances.

    This Iditarod was harder than the gold rush because the Iditarod is something that you have to train for months in advance while just preparing a team is difficult. The gold rush needs no skill, just plain luck. Sure, you can walk into the gold rush and find 100,000 dollars but the Iditarod it is much harder. I think the Iditarod is much more challenging and all the blogs before me are wrong!

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    1. BELIEVE ME!!

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    2. Nice blog Chase! In my opinion the Gold Rush DID require skill I mean gold miners had to learn how to take care of themselves and how to get out of sticky situations! Anyways, as I said before Great job!

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    3. Chase, Nice Blog! I liked your topic sentance! :P! But, i think the Iditarod race didn't have as much hardships! Great Blog!

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    4. I am sorry Chase, but I think your wrong with a capitol W. The Iditarod did require skill but not as much as the Gold Rush. But if you weren't white- but you are- you wouldn't be treated fairly. In the Iditarod, everyone was treated fairly. Also, there were no disease in the Iditarod, Chase. Plus, they didn't have laws and government, on of the most important things to keep states under control withought anyone getting killed. They had laws, rules, and government at the time of the Iditarod and they still do Chase!

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    5. A kid could not survive 1 day in the Gold Rush either.

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    6. But you didn't know if you would get the goal Chase. You knew there was a prize if you won.
      -Eli

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    7. CHASE, I disagree with the Iditarod having more hardships. In the Gold Rush, very few people made money. In the Iditarod, The first 32 people win money for sure. Finding gold is like gambling. Each miner had like a 50/50 chance of getting gold. In the Gold Rush, many people died of diseases like cholera. Since the Iditarod goes on today, things like cholera can be cured. With Eli's (Elizabeth's) statements, the Gold Rush is harder than the Iditarod. I agree with Elizabeth's statements. The hanging never occurs in the Iditarod. There are better laws now than back then. The Gold Rush also had more skill needed. The way to California was tough. The miners going by wagon or boat could die. Rarely anyone in the Iditarod dies.

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    8. Good arguments, Chase. You make some good points about the difficulty of running the Iditarod. It seems the intensity of the Iditarod may be more than the gold rush. What do you think, fourth graders?

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    9. Good responses to Chase's blog. It's true that mushers don't tend to die in the Iditarod, as Alex stated, but dogs do. Is that a hardship? Did the dogs have a choice about running? Hmmmm . . .

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    10. ~iN THE GOld Rush, it was VERY hard to get to CA.

      ~In the Gold Rush, there were TERRIBLE diseases! Like Cholera, Scurvey, and probably many more that I don't know about!

      ~Rude and mean people were everywhere! They treated chinese and other races like servants and peices of trash!

      Chase, i think the gold rush= More hardships than iditarod

      But, everythiing that you said is true... but... still the Gold Rush had more hardships!

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  16. Does this article give a different thought about the hardships of the Iditarod?

    http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/snow-sports/iditarod3.htm


    Copy and paste that link and see what information is on the "How Stuff Works" website.

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    1. this is chase and i fullllllyyyyy agreeeMay 10, 2017 at 12:34 PM

      THANK YYOOUU

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    2. Thanks for this link. I changed my mind. The Iditarod is harder!!

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    3. I like all of the ones posted. Good job guys and girls! :p
      -Eli

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    4. No it does not change my mind. :(
      -Eli

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    5. @ Eli-Why not?

      For everyone:

      If you are disagreeing, give proof. It is not enough to say that you disagree. A true debate provides information to argue against the other point of view. All opinions need support, or they are just a bunch of words! Please disagree, if you do, but offer proof!

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    6. I agree Mr. LaMarr! if people don't give proof to what they are saying, what they are saying doesn't really matter. They NEED TO GIVE PROOF!

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    7. Exactly! Hopefully people read this and do it rather than ignore it! I honestly can't wait to start reading and debating against other people!! I hope there will be a lot of people battling for the Iditarod!

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    8. Well first, I read it just today and I know the Iditarod was hard and very very cold, but the Gold Rush was very hot, had no laws or government, had disease, had discrimination, everything was very expensive, very crowded, the food was disgusting( for some people), and was very very very very very very very very very very very boring a lot of times!

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    9. Well Elias, the Iditarod was much more than hard and cold. Mushers had to tend their dogs which was tiring, faced with hallucinations, and could fall off the musher's sled and get severely injured.

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    10. Good counter points, Artur. There are many hardships in both events; the Iditarod is condensed into a short amount of time. Does that make it harder? It's a race so the teams must move quickly whether they can or not, but is the gold rush race?

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  17. Without a single doubt in my mind I can proudly say, that the California Gold Rush is way more dangerous than the Iditarod. During the California Gold Rush era, there wasn’t many safe ways of transportation, people had to either go across the continent by wagon or to go around the Cape Horn route. The Iditarod race Gary Paulsen competed in, was occurred many years after the California Gold Rush meaning that whenever Paulsen got hurt, he wouldn’t have to worry as much considering how good the medical technology was at his time. In the Gold Rush, people got killed almost every single day of the week. Plus, when people got hurt in the Gold Rush the medical technology wasn’t as great as it was during Paulsen’s time. Also, life in the gold fields exposed can expose a gold miner to loneliness and homesickness, isolation and physical danger, bad food and illness, and even death. There was also the Cholera Epidemic which many people caught and sadly many people didn’t defeat their battle against the disease. In the Iditarod, you probably won’t see many people unless you're at a checkpoint, this in a way alleviates an Iditarod racers chance of getting killed by a person during the race. In the Iditarod, there were people that was there for you if you were in danger and that was that racers sled dogs, the dogs good scent if any threat was coming and if there was a threat the dogs would probably warn their owner in some way. In the Gold Rush people had to pay for food and to take a shower but the thing is the food wasn’t even that good yet Gold miners paid good money for a meal. For example, if a miner were to buy an egg it would cost them $3.00 but in our time, it was $90.00 for an egg! In the Iditarod, the food was free and the racers were also allowed to bring food. The food did not spoil because there were coolers during the Iditarod. Also during the Gold Rush there were many different towns which meant there were different rules. If a miner was new to a town that person probably didn’t know the rules meaning if a miner broke one of the town’s rules, that person would probably get hung or whipped! During the time of Gary Paulsen’s Iditarod experience, people weren’t very prejudice and discrimination to other cultures that weren’t white. While in the Gold Rush almost all the white men would steal, or be very disrespectful to the people who didn’t look or speak like a white man. The gold rush was very harsh and since California had not reached statehood at the time, miners could do WHATEVER their hearts desired and not be punished. Yet, when a non-white man did something wrong they would get punished hard, but sometimes an innocent Chinese man was accused of doing something wrong when really there wasn’t much proof and the person who did commit the crime would’ve gotten away with it considering the man accused would’ve been killed. In the Iditarod, there were rules and limits which made it a safer community for an Iditarod racer. Also, while heading to the Gold Rush, people usually got scurvy from lack of vitamin C and unfortunately some people perished during their mid-20’s. So many men headed to the Gold Rush and left their families with hope of being rich; yet when a gold miner arrived there was hardly a chance for that person to even find a single gold nugget! The Gold Rush shot a heart through the souls of a miner’s wife, children, and other family members, for the men that attended the California Gold Rush often were hit by a series of unfortunate events. Considering gold miners didn’t have the biggest chance of striking it rich, Iditarod racers had a better ending for when they crossed the finish line they feel so proud, happy, and emotional for they had completed one of the most competitive events ever. In conclusion, the California Gold Rush had more death, heartbreak, and hardly ever had a remarkable feeling of pride and achievement making the Gold Rush an extremely worse experience compared to the Iditarod.

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    1. Great job Angel!! I really like your topic sentence. You got me convinced just by reading your topic sentence.

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    2. Nice blog Angel it is very long and well-detailed! I also agree with you.

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    3. I like that it was long and detailed Angel! Good job! :)

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    4. You sure told a lot of ideas, Angel! Your effort to convince others is admirable.

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  18. The Iditarod definitely has more hardships than the California Gold Rush! In the Iditarod, people can lose their way and die. People’s dogs might not listen to the musher and the musher would have to leave them behind. People could freeze to death or get frostbite in the Iditarod, but people didn’t have to worry about the cold in the Gold Rush. People could fall off their sled and get left behind. Dogs can get strangled in the harness when it gets tangled. A musher’s entire team can fall through the ice. Dogs can break free of their harness and get lost and die. Overall, the Iditarod positively has more hardships than the California Gold Rush!

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    1. During the Iditarod people did die But in the gold rush people died almost ever single day without deserving it! A mushers team are trained they wouldn't run away! But still good blog!

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    2. I agree with that statement Angel, and I have to disagree with you Josh D. still, your blog is great.

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    3. Josh D, your statements are true. The dogs are supposed be well trained. Rarely anyone dies in the Iditarod. In the Gold Rush, things like the Cholera Epidemic were killing thousands of people a day. The dogs can die. It is probably unlikely for a dog to die in the ice. It is probably even rarer for a whole team to fall in the ice. In the Gold Rush, miners worried about death, getting stolen from, breaking rules, money, food, and more things like rats! In the Iditarod, no one worries about these things. In the Iditarod, there are rules. Unlike the Iditarod, the Gold Rush had no particular rules. There is no discriminatioin during the Iditarod. In the Gold Rush, non-white people did not even get a fair trial!

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    4. Good points about the Iditarod, Josh. Good counter points made by Angel and Alex. Anyone want to counter them?

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    5. I don't get what you mean by saying, "people can lose their way and die". Does it mean, like while they are racing, they will lose the main track part and go off somewhere else and die? If yes, then how would they die?

      Thanks if you answer my questions,
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    6. You have good proof Josh D.

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    7. Many people died in the Gold Rush traveling to the Gold Rush area, and many people died every day for no reason. The proof for the Iditarod is good! -Christopher

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  19. With temperatures 60 below zero, without a doubt I think the Iditarod contains more hardships than California’s Gold Rush. A musher can freeze his or her blood vessels and they will burst causing him or her to hack and cough out blood for a long time. The freezing cold can cause the path beyond to be blocked. If it’s too hot and a musher is on thin ice, the ice will shatter causing the musher and the dog team to get wet. Frostbite and snow blindness can come to a musher in the midst of the race. While, in the Gold Rush miners won’t have any worries about cold.

    A musher’s dog team might not listen to him or her, potentially causing the musher to fall behind in the race. The musher will be lucky to even finish the race in the first place. There are very hard areas to surpass that could give severe injuries or even death. A racer can fall or slip off his or her sled and get a major injury. That would cause the musher having to spend time recovering. Hallucinations come at the racers unexpectedly. Hallucinations are caused by lack of sleep or when one is sick. Those hallucinations can annoy, distract, and mislead mushers possibly setting them off track. Speaking of going off track, a musher can lose his or her way in the Iditarod and get lost. That would delay the racer because he or she had to go to the last place the musher had gone. A musher running the Iditarod has to tend the dogs, by rubbing the shoulders and squeezing their lactic acids out. Doing so will increase the quality of the dogs in a day but will also tire out the musher. As stated earlier, if a musher is tired it leads to hallucination. So, a musher must treat each dog in their team as best as the musher can and, if the musher doesn’t, the dog team will run poorly. The Iditarod is more excruciatingly difficult than the Gold Rush.

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    1. I dissagree Aurtur. Although the Iditarod was hard, I think the Gold Rush was deffenitly harder.

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    2. What makes the Gold Rush harder than the freezing temperatures, hallucinations and animals eating the sled dogs, Eli?

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    3. Amazing blog Artur! As I said to Chase wouldn't a mushers team be trained to not leave their owner behind? In the Gold Rush there was so many cruel heartless people that would kill for some fortune or to get out of trouble! In the Iditarod there wasn't as many prejudice people as there were in the Gold Rush. Anyways nice blog!

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    4. I agree with Angle. I also agree with your first paragraph too. Overall, great blog, Artur!

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    5. Good points, Artur. You have used good facts to support your claim. Both events are a lot of work which brings hardships. Which one is more dangerous, physically?

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  20. Well Mr. La Marr, a lot of people were dying every day on the gold Rush. Just like Jack and Praiseworthy almost got killed by a miner whose name i have forgotten! There were rumors in the Iditarod. No one was certan that anyone got killed unless they eye witnessed it.ththth

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    1. Pitch-Pine Billy!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Honesty, I don't know!

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    2. By the Great Horn Spoon! is fiction, thought, and some of that is made up for fun. Think of the true facts that we pulled from the book. I'm not sure we can say "a lot" of people died every day. How many is "a lot"?

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  22. I am extremely sure that the California Gold Rush has way more hardships than the Iditarod. Just trying to travel to the Gold Rush was very difficult and dangerous. For example, if a miner took the Panama route, they could get yellow fever, or get stuck on an island. With the Iditarod a musher can just fly on a plane to Alaska, where the Iditarod takes place. Many people died just trying to get to the California Gold Rush. Once they arrived there, they encountered even more hardships. There were bad diseases spreading in the California Gold Rush, such as Cholera and Scurvy, whereas in the Iditarod, there were not any bad diseases that I know of. In the Iditarod, there was a medical group to help the mushers, but in the California Gold Rush, there was no medical group, so many people died from diseases and other issues, like the food situation. The food was not very good and it cost so much more in the Gold Rush. For example, one-pound of coffee cost $40.00 and a can of sardines cost $16.00. In the Iditarod, the food was free for the mushers. The clothing situation was far worse than the food situation. A pair of boots cost $100.00 and overalls cost $45.00. People did die in the Iditarod, but it was not very common. Most mushers just got injured. In the California Gold Rush, people died every day without a reason. That was how the California Gold Rush worked, because they had no official laws. For example, if a blond-haired man was accused of murder, officers can just find any blond haired man and hang him without even giving him a trial. If everyone agreed to hang the man, he would die in an instant. The man was not even the murderer! Situations in the Gold Rush were not right. In the Iditarod, if someone got hurt, many mushers are behind them so the mushers can help the injured person. In the Iditarod, it was way more organized and not as crazy. Therefore, the California Gold Rush had way more hardships than the Iditarod.

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  23. You did a great job of "ping ponging" back and forth between the gold rush and the Iditarod, Sophia. It is a great strategy to contrast the hardships between the two topics, and you did that well!

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  24. Fourth graders-there are some inaccurate statements coming through in the blogs. Be careful to stay accurate. If your "proof" is incorrect, all your proof is then questionable! So far, these are good.


    Here are some fun Iditarod facts:

    http://mentalfloss.com/article/55481/11-frosty-facts-about-iditarod

    Check out the photo of the dogs wearing the booties!

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  25. The California Gold Rush had several more hardships than the Iditarod. On the way to the Gold Rush there are some hardships. When people go on ships they could run into rocks, run out of food and water, or get caught in a current and get of track. If people take the panama route they could be stranded in panama. They could also get diseases from panama and die. If a ship takes the cape horn route, they could get caught in the Strait of Magellan, or any other short cuts, or freeze to death. If people take a covered wagon their wagon could break, they can run out of food, could catch a disease, their cattle could die, they have to walk a long ways, and they could freeze to death if they start their journey to late. On the way to the Iditarod, I don’t think there are any hardships.
    At the beginning of the Gold Rush there were no official laws, and the Iditarod did. In every different town, in the Gold Rush had different laws. So many people died. People could get hanged, shot, or get their ears lopped off from stealing, or from killing someone. If white or powerful people said or thought a person stole or killed someone, those things probably will happen. In the Iditarod if someone stole or killed someone, that person would go through a fair trial. If that person was guilty they would be sent to jail. In the Gold Rush people didn’t have fair trials.
    In the Gold Rush there were many diseases that were spreading. Scurvy and cholera were common diseases in the Gold Rush. They didn’t have good medical equipment, so many people died. In the Iditarod if someone got a disease or got hurt they would have good medical equipment. The people probably wouldn’t die. In the Gold rush if someone got hurt that person would probably get amputated were they got hurt. So the Iditarod has way better medical technology.
    In the Gold Rush the prices for supplies were really high. In the Iditarod food was free at checkpoints. Also in the Iditarod if someone ran out of food, they would probably get it at the next checkpoint. At every checkpoint, the people that worked at the Iditarod made sure a racer was okay and there dogs. They made sure that a racer stayed at a checkpoint. In the Gold Rush people shot each other and fought each other. Everything was really expensive and people weren’t healthy. Only rich people got good supplies. When poor people’s food got rotten or their food was infested with animals, they would still eat the food because they are to poor to buy new food. The food was to expensive and if they didn’t eat that food they would probably starve. So people would get sick from eating bad food. In the Iditarod there usually wasn’t bad food. If someone did eat bad food they would probably get sick, but they would still be running. Then at the next checkpoint someone would probably that person. In the Gold Rush it cost a lot of money to go to the doctors and they didn’t have good medical equipment back then.
    Back then in the Gold Rush, it was kind of hard to find gold. It was expensive to get equipment for finding gold. Some ways were dangerous such as hydraulic mining and coyote mining. Hydraulic mining was really expensive and people could fall of the cliff or get sprayed by the fast going water. Coyote mining is dangerous for the person that goes down a under the ground because, if the dirt falls onto the person. The person would get trapped under the dirt and probably will die. When someone is gold panning it takes a long time, and it is mostly cold in the water. In the Iditarod people don’t have to worry about finding gold or working for money but, they have to worry about the coldness and storms in the Iditarod. The temperatures in the Iditarod range from 50 below to 60 below. In storms it could nearly be impossible to run in the Iditarod.
    Even though the Iditarod has bad hardships, the California Gold Rush has lots more.











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    3. Wonderful blog Corin! I really liked how you equally talked about the hardships of the Iditarod and Gold Rush! Your blog really can prove the hardships of the Gold Rush! For, I felt like I was experiencing all these hardships myself! Very detailed again, Wonderful job Corin!

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  26. The California Gold Rush definitely has far more hardships than the Iditarod and I have many reasons why. First of all, the gold rush had no supervision. That means that during the gold rush, there was no official group of people or person that would watch over the things that the miners were doing and how the set things up and worked. Also, there were no laws and government at the time to help with cases and problems that the people had. Another reason was that some of the ways people tried to get to California it was dangerous and hard. Some examples of dangerous routes were the Panama route, the overland route across America, and the Cape Horn route. Those routes could be extremely dangerous. In the Panama route people had to cross jungles with wild, dangerous animals and disease such as Scurvy. Scurvy is a disease that occurs when a person doesn’t have much Vitamin C. There were many other hardships just in the traveling part of the gold rush. If a person happened to get to California, that person could still die of Scurvy and also Cholera because of unsanitary conditions. Cholera is when a person loses all water out of all open spaces leading to the inside of that person’s self. Also, in the Gold Rush the prices were extremely high. For example, a barrel of flour costs about 800 dollars! Another reason is that people could be “proven” guilty with no evidence shown that they “were” guilty. The California Gold Rush had many hardships and I had named very few, but there were not many hardships at all in the Iditarod.
    In the Iditarod, there was definitely a very small amount of hardships and good things that they had but the Gold Rush didn’t. One hardship was that the Iditarod had the gorge which had many bumps, rocks and boulders. They have a chance of getting killed. Another hardship in the Iditarod, people could get hallucinations because of lack of sleep or high fever. That can cause mistakes and distractions to the things that a musher would be doing. A musher is a dog sled rider. Additionally, people can get frostbites from the cold. In fact, it can be up to negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Two things that the Iditarod had that the Gold Rush didn’t is that it had better technology and things invented to help. An example of a piece of better technology is that there could’ve had better jackets made for extreme cold and had the other thing that the Iditarod had but the gold rush didn’t is that it had supervision. Also, the Iditarod had laws and government at the time but it didn’t matter about the Iditarod but definitely did to the gold rush because there were many crimes and other bad things happening. The last two things that the Iditarod had but the gold rush didn’t have is that people could easily quit and leave the Iditarod and that there were food and water to have and checkpoints to stop and also get shelter too. Out of all the different hardships in both topics, I will always know that it is impossible for the Iditarod’s amount of hardships to even get close to the California Gold Rush’s hardships.

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    1. Your arguments convince me of both sides, Josh! You have given both sides good thought, and it's almost a tie in your piece! Good points on both sides. Try to argue strong on the side you choose.

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    2. Hardships: Iditarod vs. California Gold Rush

      The California Gold Rush hardships were worse than the Iditarod’s hardships. In the Iditarod, there are strict rules, but in the California Gold Rush, there weren’t any clear rules. In the Iditarod, there is food given to you at checkpoints. In the Gold Rush, you would have to buy your own food, which was very expensive. In the Iditarod, there are boundaries and trails. In the Gold Rush, there weren’t any boundaries. As compared to an Iditarod racer, a Gold Rush miner didn’t know 100% what was going to happen, making it more difficult to prepare. In the Iditarod, a racer really only competes to win the race, but there is no serious consequence to losing. In the Gold Rush, there were many other miners to compete against for claims and gold; this competition was sometimes deadly. The Iditarod started in 1973 and continues today, so Iditarod technology is definitely better than the 1800s Gold Rush technology. In the Iditarod people don’t kill each other, but in the Gold Rush, there weren’t any rules, resulting in many deaths. In the Iditarod, people racing only have to face early spring weather. In the Gold Rush, miners had to face year-round weather. The Gold Rush had obstacles that the Iditarod doesn’t such as very high costs and the difficulty of getting to California at that time. In the Gold Rush period, there were many diseases such as cholera and scurvy, which are nearly gone today. There aren’t any major punishments in the Iditarod, but the Gold Rush punishments were quick and rough, even for things as minor as stealing a mining pan. There isn’t any discrimination at the Iditarod, but there was during the Gold Rush. For all these reasons, the California Gold Rush hardships were definitely worse than the Iditarod hardships.

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    3. I like your conclusion Benjamin!! I also Liked your URL! It descibes your blog amazingly!

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    4. I agree Nicole.

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    5. Your conclusion and topic sentence is really powerful Josh N.

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    6. Well organized argument, Benjamin. For every hardship you named for the Iditarod, you countered it well for the gold rush.

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  27. The Treacherous Times of the Iditarod



    The Iditarod is a long race of over 1049 miles of rough terrain. Along the hard trail, the runners of the Iditarod had to overcome many challenges. Some of the challenges were ice, sickness, and animals that could hurt the dogs and trails. The Gold Rush also had challenge¬s, but they were nothing compared to the Iditarod.

    Any person who ran the Iditarod would encounter many hazards. In the Iditarod, there were many animals that could hurt the dogs, steer the team off course, and damage trails. These animals primarily consisted of moose, wolves, buffalo, and caribou. The moose would viciously attack or kill the dogs. Buffalo and caribou would ruin the snow surface by damaging trails and snow bridges. Wolves would tempt dogs to stray off course and then attack and eat them. If the dogs got sick, they couldn’t pull the sled. Without the dogs, a runner would not finish the race and could die in the wild. The most common sicknesses for dogs were dehydration, viruses, ulcers, hypothermia, and heart problems. It would be very bad if any of the dogs were hurt, but it would be worse for the lead dog to be wounded. The lead dog was essential. They set the direction and the pace. This was the dog that listened and responded to the musher’s orders like “gee”, which means right, and “haw”, which means left. This was the dog that would lead a musher and the rest of the team through tough terrain and weather to victory. In the Gold Rush, a miner only depended on donkeys. Losing a donkey was not as important as losing dogs. The miner would just walk and carry his own supplies with him. Also, miners usually worked near each other so the rate of animal attacks was low.

    Without a doubt, weather played a vital role in a competitor’s safety when someone competed in the Iditarod. Bad weather placed the dogs and the musher in danger. Temperatures sometimes ranged from a snow melting temperature above zero, like a fifty-degree day, to a frostbiting sixty below zero temperature. The frosty temperatures could cause blood vessels in a competitor’s throat to burst. The competitor’s throat would fill with blood and they would have to cough it out. The frigid temperatures could also result in a competitor getting frostbitten. The freezing temperatures would also create ice, which was dangerous to sled on. The sled could slide and crash. Other times, snow-melting temperatures would occur and melt the trails making it almost impossible to ride on. In some places, the ice would not be strong enough to hold a musher and his team and they would fall through the thin ice causing the team and rider, while they are in the freezing water, to get hypothermia and die. The weather was not as dangerous in the Gold Rush. During the Gold Rush times, a miner didn’t have to worry about falling through ice and having death bear down upon them because they got hypothermia and died. In the Gold Rush, if a miner got cold, he would just go into his cabin, light a fire, and warm up. If the miner were hot, he would just jump into the river to cool off.

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  28. Sleep was important for a competitor's safety. Competitors in the Iditarod wanted to win the race so they would sometimes go without sleep. Hallucinations or delirium occurred from lack of sleep. There might be a cliff next to the trail, but the competitor would hallucinate that there was no cliff, and he and his team might ride right off the cliff. If a competitor became confused due to delirium and fell off the sled, the rider could go on for days just wandering trying to find the main trail and waiting for help. In the Gold Rush, miners usually slept when they wanted to. The Gold Rush was not a race so miners were not pressured to stay awake. Gold miners would still make bad decisions, but it was from being drunk, not from lack of sleep.

    When a person ran the Iditarod, they had to be prepared for the difficult path ahead of them to finish. Mushers had to survive cold weather, hallucinations, and sickness. A runner had to care and protect himself and his team of dogs. In the Gold rush, a miner did not have to worry about below zero temperatures or ice. A miner did not really rely on animals for their survival or to mine for gold. Without a doubt, the Iditarod was more treacherous than the California Gold Rush.



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    3. The E in the fist part, the part at the top.It's the E in challenges. Challenges is in my intro.

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    5. I agree with your blog Kaser! Your topic sentence was powerful.

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  29. In my mind, I know without doubt, that the California Gold Rush had more hardships than the Iditarod race! There are many reasons why there are many more hardships.
    In the gold rush many miners came from the east or the midwest, BUT, at that time, there weren’t the easiest paths. The first way was to take wagon, get some oxen, and go across the country. This sounds fine, yes, but, there were Indians, not much water, sickness, and if the miners left too late, then it might snow, and so then the oxen would not have enough food, and then the miners would be stranded, and sooner or later, they would die. Another was to go by sea. Miners could take the Panama route, or the Cape Horn route. The Panama route was the fastest, but, to get there, they had to ride a boat to Panama, then go through the jungle, and try to catch a boat on the other end to go up to California. Again, this sounds so simple, but, while walking throughout the jungle, people could get killed from jungle animals or yellow fever. If miners don’t die from this, another way they could die is not being able to catch a boat in time, or, while coming to Panama, have their boat sink. The final path is to take the long route, the Cape Horn Route. A ship would have to go around the Cape Horn, and up to California. Obviously, again, this sounds easy. But, don’t forget that the Cape Horn is where the most terrible storms go on. Ships can crash into rocks too much and too hard. Ships could get drowned from rain. People could die of sickness and drownings. In the Iditarod race, there was mostly good technology like cars, trains, and planes, so racers could use those for transportation.
    Another reason is in the Gold Rush, people were very racist, and many people that didn’t speak english or look like americans could be accused for stealing. Also, the racist people would sometimes just hang a chinese or other cultural person for doing something bad that the cultural person didn’t do; but, back in those days of the Gold Rush, 1848-1855, different cultural people could not stand up for themselves against the white people. In the Iditarod race, many people weren’t that racist and mean to the other racers.
    Another reason is, during the Gold Rush, people came to California with cholera and scurvy. People or miners with cholera or scurvy would usually die during a short amount of time. Due to scurvy and cholera, many miners died. But, in the Iditarod race, the racers would not get cholera or scurvy, and if they did get other sickness, they would usually be cured; not many racers died; even if the racers died, not as much racers died as the gold rush miners or people that were just in California.

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  30. Another reason is in the Gold Rush, people were very racist, and many people that didn’t speak english or look like americans could be accused for stealing. Also, the racist people would sometimes just hang a chinese or other cultural person for doing something bad that the cultural person didn’t do; but, back in those days of the Gold Rush, 1848-1855, different cultural people could not stand up for themselves against the white people. In the Iditarod race, many people weren’t that racist and mean to the other racers.
    In the Gold Rush, miners would have to mine all day, and wherever they were, that was where they had to mine. If miners didn’t get enough gold by the end of the day, then that is what happened; to mine gold, it took hard work and was already hard enough to do in the first place. Also, miners were already poor, so not having to get gold, wasting energy, and wasting time. Food in the Gold Rush was very expensive, so if miners don’t get their gold, then they didn’t really get to eat that well. One dozen of eggs was $3. Bread was $2. A pan, for mining gold, was $15. Those things are very expensive, for food and mining pans. In the Iditarod race, though, food and shelter were at the checkpoints, so the racers wouldn’t starve.

    In conclusion, I can still proudly say, with no doubt in my mind, that the Gold Rush definitely had more hardships than the Iditarod race.

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  31. Great blog Nicole. Your final sentence was really powerful!

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  32. Gold rush hardships vs. Iditarod hardships

    The Gold Rush had more hardships than the Iditarod. Fist off there where almost no judges in the Gold Rush so if somebody did something bad the townspeople would choose if that person was guilty or not. If some people didn’t like that person they would probably say that the person accused was guilty no mater what. If lots of people say that the person is guilty he, or rarely she,  would be hanged.

    The Iditarod also has modern technology and the gold rush did not. The Gold rush had tons of people all over the world and most of the people men. There where lots of fights. The Gold Rush was about money. People fight over money all the time so there were lots of fights. There were lots of thief’s. They would steal people’s money and those people could not buy food and would starve.

    The prices in the gold rush where also very high. For an example a bale of flour cost $800 but you also have to multiply that by 30 to get modern worth. Overall the gold rush had more hardships than the Iditarod.

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  33. The California Gold Rush was more dangerous than the Iditarod and here is my proof that it is. The Gold Rush lasted longer than the iditarod. The Gold Rush also had more diseases like cholera fevers the common colds and sometimes on the way to California and in California there was scurvy. It was also more dangerous to get to the gold fields, in the time getting to California the iditarod could be ran over five times! The Gold Rush also out numbered the amount of fights there was. In the Gold Rush there were robberies, Jailbreaks, and claim jumps that included shooting and killing. Also there were no laws so the mining was even more dangerous. There was also hanging but they sometimes had a guy that looked like the convict but wan’t! In the towns there were also vigilantes who hung people that was the convict or someone that had the same name of the convict it was also illegal for the vigilantes did not have permission to do that. That is my facts of why the Gold Rush is more dangerous than the Iditarod

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  34. The California Gold Rush miners had to be as tough as steel due to the fact that they had far more hardships than the Iditarod. In the California Gold Rush, it is a harder life and many innocent people were killed. For some people, gold was extremely precious. They might shoot someone to get it, if they were fighting over it. If there is a problem, the solution may be that someone will shoot the other person. The person that was shot, may die or get injured. The shooter wouldn’t get in trouble. In addition, people were wrongly killed for committing crimes that they didn’t do. So, the innocent man is going to get hung because someone thought he was the man that “stole something”. For example, a man with brown hair and blue eyes stole a bracelet. Later on someone saw a person with blue eyes and brown hair, but that man didn’t steal anything. He’s now going to get hung just because he has brown hair and blue eyes. People picked randomly; they got whoever had the same color hair or eyes as the robber and hanged him. This didn’t just happen once, it happened a lot. Many innocent people died in the gold rush. This happened because California didn’t have a government. Some people in the gold rush were vigilantes, and although they tried to help, they made everything worse. The vigilantes got whoever fit the general description of a burglar. The “burglar” got hanged although the real burglar wasn’t the criminal.

    Also, during the gold rush discrimination was very bad. The people who didn’t speak English or who weren’t American were discriminated against. For example, a white person would most likely beat a Chinese person up, rob him, or fire him from his job at some point. So, the Chinese or whoever wasn’t white would have to watch out. In contrast, I don’t think there was any discrimination going on in the Iditarod. In the Iditarod while people train, they could die. However, in the gold rush a person would die for gold. In the Iditarod, there are less hardships and it is easier to live. There are probably not as many greedy people in the Iditarod. It had better technology than the gold rush. The gold rush doesn’t have great technology. There weren’t good cures for people who were sick and injured. A man doesn’t kill another person because a man wanted the land or money in the Iditarod. They don’t do that in the Iditarod because for one thing, the people in the Iditarod were smarter and they don’t hang people. There was a government that prevented these crimes. I don’t think in the Iditarod people will die for money. Although people in the Iditarod would nearly freeze to death at times, the miners in the California Gold Rush sometimes got accused of doing something they didn’t do and they would got hung. Even though the Iditarod had hardships, the California Gold Rush miners had to be as fierce as lions to stay alive through the challenging hardships.

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  35. Great Blog Serena! I love your topic sentance!
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  36. The Gold Rush is Worse Than the Iditarod.

    The Gold Rush is worse than the Iditarod. This is because gold miners would die everyday by getting shot and hanged from stealing, false accusations, and getting other miners mad. Not every mining town had the same rules, so miners would accidently do something wrong and get hanged. I think the Iditarod is better because some mushers, the people who attend the Iditarod, came to do the Iditarod for fun and to train their dogs. The way to get to the California Gold Rush is had many hardships too because travel in the 1800’s was very bad and had low tech. Therefore the Gold Rush had more hardships than the Iditarod.

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    3. I disagree because the Iditarod had low tech as well the mushers didn't have galaxy S phones or laptops or cars they had SLEDS AND DOGS NOT RVS. So the Iditarod
      has low tech as well as the gold rush

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    4. No they have it in this time so no I disagree with Gavin and the Gold Rush didn't have that.

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  37. I think that the California Gold Rush has more hardships than the Iditarod. In the gold rush if a miner did something bad, he would get hung or shot right away. In the Iditarod, there is less chance of dying. During the time of the gold rush, there was no law or government, it was just all chaos. If someone followed all the rules in the Iditarod, he or she would be safe. In the Iditarod, the worst things that would probably be hallucinating or extreme cold. The worst things that would probably happen in the California Gold Rush are getting hung or shot. In the gold rush, if a miner was innocent, he could be accused for a crime and be executed right away. There was usually no trail to determine whether a miner was guilty or not. Some people tried to help catch criminals but they didn’t determine whether a miner was guilty or not so they were just making matters even worse. Overall, the California Gold Rush had way more hardships than the Iditarod.

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  38. I strongly believe that the Gold Rush was without a doubt much harder than the Iditarod. The miners had more chances to get injured or even killed during the Gold Rush as compared to the racers of the Iditarod. First of all in the Gold Rush, miners could be killed getting there since the only transportation to the gold fields was going on wagon, or going through the sea. Both routes were very expensive, and took a long time to get to the gold fields. Each one of these transportations had problems too. When going on a wagon, the miner’s cattle could die because of the lack of food and water. Also, a miner could get stuck in snow, or, he could be attacked by Indians. If a miner went through the sea, he could be stranded. The boat could run into rocks, or the miners could get Scurvy. The Iditarod racers didn’t go through these hardships to get to their race, since they got to their race by a plane, which has a much lower chance of crashing and dying. Another reason why the Gold Rush was more difficult, was that most of the miners had no training before they left home to head to the gold fields. The miners had no experience or training with what they were doing and because of that they might have a higher possibility of being injured or killed when they were at the gold fields. On the contrary, the Iditarod racers had years of preparation and training with their dogs for the race. Third, during the Gold Rush time there were many different towns with different laws. Many times miners were arrested because of doing something that was allowed in one town, but not the other, and they just couldn’t keep up with the different laws! In the Iditarod, this didn’t happen because the rules were the same the whole time. In addition, in the Gold Rush if a miner was innocent and looked like the person who committed the crime, they could be hung. In the Gold Rush, the living conditions were very poor. Miners could catch diseases because of malnutrition, lack of Vitamin C, and unsanitary living conditions. The miners could get scurvy, cholera, and typhus. Also, the diseases couldn’t be treated very well back then because they didn’t have effective medicine. On the other hand, the racers at the Iditarod were unlikely to catch deadly diseases. Even if a racer caught a disease, they had better medicine to treat it. During the Gold Rush, there was a lot of discrimination towards Non-white and Non-English speaking people, and this could result in being injured or killed. All of these disadvantages definitely make the Gold Rush harder than the Iditarod.

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    2. I agree Katherine. The Gold Rush totally had more hardships.

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    3. Wow great blog Katherine! Your topic sentence and conclusion is really strong! Your blog is very well detailed!

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    4. Well organized argument, Katherine. It's true that an Iditarod racer wouldn't likely catch a deadly disease. Do the hardships to the dogs matter? So far, 151 dogs have died running the Iditarod. Hmmm . . . I wonder if they wanted to run.

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  39. I think that the Gold Rush is more dangerous than the Iditarod because many people died from disease, starvation, or both. Just getting to the Gold Rush was difficult because you had to leave at the right time and consider weather conditions. Livestock needed grassy plains to eat along the way. Pioneers had to make it to the Sierra Nevada mountains before it started snowing or they would probably not all live. For the Iditarod, many travelled by planes, ships, or other transportation.
    Prices in the Gold Rush were very high because there were few supplies. But in the Iditarod, mushers could mail supplies ahead of time to each checkpoint.
    In the Gold Rush, there were unsanitary conditions, which sometimes led to disease and death. But in the Iditarod, you could find medical help and medicine for treatment. These are a few reasons that I think the Gold Rush had more hardships than the Iditarod.

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    1. Great job Micah! I like how you compared the gold rush to the Iditarod.

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    2. Nice blog Micah! You were very detailed!

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    3. Many of the Iditarod racers fear that one word, scratch. How come? You have some good highlights of the gold rush hardships, Micah.

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  40. The Gold Rush had more hardships than the Iditarod. The Gold Rush had no laws, good trials, or technology. In the Iditarod there was no trials to worry about, good technology, and many laws in Alaska already. The Gold Rush had people dying like crazy. Only animals that died in the Iditarod were dogs. The Iditarod was something that could be practiced for. The Gold Rush was very sudden, with no training at all.The people who practiced for the Iditarod knew what to expect. The people in the Gold Rush didn’t know what would happen. It was dangerous to be not be a white person or not speak English in the Gold Rush. In the Iditarod, no one cared. In the Iditarod, no one would steal valuable things. In the Gold Rush, everyone needed to watch out for their valuables. People just traveling to the Gold Rush might get a disease and die. The Iditarod had a safer travel to get to the end. In the Iditarod, people were frostbitten and were dying, but didn’t die yet. So overall, the Iditarod had some hardships, but not nearly as many hardships as the Gold Rush. -Christopher

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    1. I agree Christopher!
      Great blog and strong sentences!

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    2. Your writing does a great job of bouncing back and forth between the two events and showing the contrast between the hardships of each. Well done, Christopher!

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  41. It is TRUE that the Iditarod has more hardships than the Gold Rush. I know that is true because in the Iditarod Gary had hallucinations. These hallucinations can be very dangerous because, in that state of mind, you do not know what is happening in reality. For example, if you thought that the snow flying off the dogs paws while they are running was flames and their paws were on “fire” that would freak you out. It is almost impossible to control yourself during a
    hallucination and that can be very dangerous when you are on a sled being pulled by team of sixteen excited dogs. Unlike the miners in the gold Gold Rush, that probably didn't have hallucinations on a sled going about 30 miles per hour or more.

    The extreme temperatures of the Iditarod can freeze your eyes, nose, and any body parts that are exposed to the freezing temperatures and the wind chill can get frostbite. Frostbite can be very bad because it is very painful and you can lose body parts like your lose fingers or toes. The pain and damage of frostbite will make your race (if you keep going on the race) much harder.

    In the Iditarod, there were a lot of wild animals on the trail. Many of the animals are big and dangerous and could get in the way of the sled or hurt the dogs. The Gold Rush had wild animals too, but they were easier to control because the miners carried weapons and they knew how to use them.

    Also, in the Iditarod,you may get sick and start throwing up and your dogs may want to eat it. That could make you even more sick and become very weak and have a very hard time with running the iditarod. In the Gold Rush, you could go somewhere private to throw up and then get back to work.

    So, because of these reasons, I know that the Iditarod has more hardships than the California Gold Rush.

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    1. Outstanding blog Gavin.
      Since you talked a bit about the hallucinations Gary Paulsen had I just wanted to say that wouldn't people in the Gold Rush have many more hallucinations considering one of the causes of hallucinations are lack of sleep? I mean people in the Gold Rush worked A LOT! So... YEAH!
      Anyways as I said before, Outstanding work Gavin!

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    2. You have really analyzed the Iditarod thoroughly, Gavin. Your examples truly show that the race is full of hardships!

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  42. The Iditarod has far more hardships than The California Gold Rush. The Iditarod is in Alaska, the weather is very cold and windy. The bitter cold is dangerous to the sled runners. One danger is if they breathe cold air into their throat the blood vessels in their throat will freeze, they will start hacking up blood and mucus. The sled runners can also get frostbite or even freeze to death. In The California Gold Rush, the weather was not as extreme and did not pose as many dangers as the Iditarod.
    In the Iditarod, sled runners are often in motion and can be dragged to death if they fall off the sled. They also may fall off the sled and fall down a cliff to their death. In the gold rush, miners were often able to do their job without needing to move quickly or use sleds.
    During the Iditarod, mushers may run for two or more days without a break. When mushes get exhausted, they may experience hallucinations. Hallucinations are when people see things that aren’t there. For example, a dog can be running and shooting snow upward. To the musher the snow may be like fire shooting up from their feet. Sometimes hallucinations can be bad when mushers are running the sled they might stop to see what happened or even stop for no reason at all. Gold miners don’t normally get hallucinations during the gold rush because mostly they go to sleep every night. With the bitter cold, possibility to be dragged to death, and hallucinations makes the Iditarod have far more hardships than the California Gold Rush---Isaac

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    1. Magnificent work Isaac!
      Honestly since this is an opinion paragraph I want to ask you what I asked to Etienne ( I think ) Would you rather take part in the Iditarod race and have a big chance of feeling pride and joy, OR having to fear the risk of death every single day you are taking place in the Gold Rush?
      Hopefully this will change your mind!

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    2. Good point about mushers possibly being dragged-we never read about that in the California Gold Rush!

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  43. I think the California Gold Rush had far more hardships than the Iditarod. It was really hard to get to the Gold Rush. People had to either go across the country, sail around South America, or sail around North America and go through the jungles of Panama. It was hard to go across the country. If the people started going on the wrong time, it could snow and there will be no food for their animals and they would die. To go across cape horn was hard too. The ship could sink, the captain can go out of fuel for the ships engine, and the food can run out. The Panama route had its own hardships. People can get stuck in the jungles of Panama and get diseases like Yellow Fever. In the Iditarod, people can get there using a plane, a car, or other transportation.

    There are a lot more and dangerous diseases in the California Gold Rush then in the Iditarod. People can get Yellow Fever while crossing Panama as mentioned in the first paragraph. People can get cholera and die. Cholera is a disease when your body can not contain water in it. People also can get scurvy and a lot of other deadly diseases. In the Iditarod people can only get Hipothermia or Frostbite.

    People can not prepare for the Gold Rush. For the Iditarod people can start preparing months or even maybe years before the race. People can get shot in the Gold Rush. People can not get killed by people in the Iditarod.

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    1. Marcel, that was an amazing conclusion paragraph!

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    2. Wow great work Marcel!
      You were really detailed and I admire how you stated the dangers of just traveling to the Gold Rush, Nerveless actually being in the Gold Rush and almost always having a risk of death.

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    3. Good point, Marcel, about people being able to prepare for the Iditarod whereas the gold rush was something that very few people prepared for.

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  44. The California Gold Rush definitely had more hardships than the Iditarod. Getting to the Iditarod is not as hard as getting to the California gold fields. When traveling to the gold fields in California 49ers that took the overland route were on the road for four to six months. It had many hardships including not having enough food for the cattle and having them starve to death, running out of food for each other, and dying of cholera from drinking dirty water. Taking the Cape Horn route a miner could die from the ship crashing into the rocks around the horn, getting scurvy from not getting enough Vitamin C and from running out of food on the ship. When a miner took the Panama route it was fast, but dangerous. A miner could get Panama disease, get attacked by the monkeys when crossing to the West, or even get stuck without a ride from West Panama to San Francisco.
    In the Iditarod there are checkpoints so if a musher is badly hurt they can take care and help them stay alive whereas in the Gold Rush no one was rushing to take a miner to a hospital. In the Iditarod if someone gets hurt or is near death there are pills and medicine to take but in the Gold Rush there were no medicine or pills that would cure a person. The technology of the Gold Rush was far less advanced than the technology of the Iditarod. Another reason that disease was so common during the Gold Rush was that there were so many people in the area that disease spread quickly. In the Iditarod disease would be treated immediately and would not spread.
    In the Gold Rush a miner could get hung for looking like the person committing a crime. There were no laws in the Gold Rush, since California was not a state, so people were constantly getting killed. In the Iditarod there are rules and people like Gary Paulsen must follow those rules or be disqualified. In the Gold Rush far more crimes were committed than in the Iditarod. The people running the dog sleds can’t have guns but a miner could have shot another miner for little things like thinking they stole their gold pan.
    The prices were high in the Gold Rush because of the supply and demand. A miner had to work hard to earn each day’s food. In the Iditarod the mushers bring their own food with them and not buy it for high prices. One pound of coffee was $40.00 in the Gold Rush and a one-pound can of beans was $10.00. A musher brought is from home in which they could by a one pound bag of coffee for $6.50 and a pound of beans for $1.99. The miner’s food was highly affected with bugs and rodent scat but they had no other food to eat. So they ate the food anyway.
    In the Iditarod there is not discrimination against other races as there was in the Gold Rush. For a minority the Iditarod has many less hardships. The Chinese, Indians, and Chileans were not getting flogged and beaten from competing in the race. They were also not driven out of their homes and forced to pay high taxes just as they were forced to do in the California Gold Rush.
    In conclusion the Gold Rush had far more hardships than the Iditarod.

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    1. Nice topic sentance Morgan! Also, good support!


      I agree with EVERYTHING you said!

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    2. Very well detailed Morgan! I totally agree with all you said, ESPECIALLY how you stated that the Iditarod had almost no prejudice people compared to the Gold Rush! Again, lovely work Morgan!

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    3. I agree! You had many details to support your side Morgan. I totally agree with Nicole and Angel! Good job!

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    4. Great support for your claim, Morgan. You wording at the end about the different minorities not being beaten and flogged for competing in the Iditarod is a powerful piece of support.

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  45. I am confirming that the Iditarod has way more hardships and is harder than the Californian Gold Rush. In the Iditarod blood vessels can burst in a Iditarod racer since it is very cold. Blood can spurt out, and the racer can die from blood loss. If the racer has a nice warm coat this won’t happen probably. Also a racer’s sled can bump on a rock, and the racer would fall off. Unless he or she is tied to the sled with a rope. Just like what Gary Paulsen did in Woodsong. The sled team can keep on running away, and leave the racer behind. The racer would need to walk all the way to the next checkpoint. It’s good if the checkpoint is close. Otherwise if it’s a little far that’s bad. Unless the dogs notice and wait for the racer. Another thing that is bad in the Iditarod is that someone can sleep while racing because racers don’t get much sleep, and the dogs might not know where to go. They can get lost. A last reason is that some racers’ team might be slow, and might not ever finish. Those are some reasons to show why the Iditarod has plenty more hardships than the Californian Gold Rush!!!

    -Etienne

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    1. Wow Etienne! I just love your topic sentance, like A LOT!

      Although I think the Gold Rush has more hardships....

      Even though racers 1.could get lost 2.not get enough sleep 3.never finish, it's still okay for both 1 and 2! People would eventually go find and pull the people out from Alaska! And, it's true its bad to not get enough sleep is bad, but being discriminated just by race is probably worse!! Thats just SOME things to prove Iditarod doesn't have as much hardships as the Gold Rush........!!!

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    2. Lovely work Etienne!
      But I have to agree with Nicole, the Gold Rush had plenty more hardships compared to the Iditarod!

      First of all where would your rather be in? A race where you can feel achievement and pride right when you cross the finish line, OR a terrible experience where you mine all day, have a chance of getting killed, and catching a terrible disease!
      Second of all, in the Gold Rush almost all the miners had to watch out for any thieves that would steal their fortune!

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  46. I think the Gold Rush had more hardships than the Iditarod. Some proof is in the Gold Rush people died from a lot of diseases such as cholera, scurvy, yellow fever and scarlet fever.But in the Iditarod it is very rare for people to die but sometimes people can get frostbite and die.In the Gold Rush the Native Americans could get really mad and try to kill the miners.The Native Americans tried to kill the miners when the miners would go on their land and try to settle that land. Medical technology was very bad to treat people's wounds and many diseases in the Gold Rush, but in the Iditarod there is some okay medical technology and barely anybody gets diseases. In the Gold Rush the laws were really bad and confusing. You could go from one town to another and the laws change which could result in death,long years in prison and hatred from that town and its people. In the Iditarod there are no laws there are rules. If any of the runners disobeyed one if these rules they could potentially die from not staying at a demanded rest stop and hallucinating badly that the runner could die.Also in the Gold Rush discrimination happened to Chinese,Mexican and many other cultures. If anyone was one of those cultures you could get stared at and stolen from,discriminated and harassed and many other bad things could happen to them. In the Iditarod no one really gets discriminated.All of that proves that the Gold Rush had more hardships than the Iditarod.

    -Miranda

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    1. Amazing blog Miranda! I totally forgot to mention something about the Native Americans in my blog! Your work is really well detailed!

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  47. The Iditarod vs The Gold Rush The Gold Rush without a doubt has more hardships than in the Iditarod. In the Iditarod,the riders get hallucinations and frost bite,not dead and cholera.Gold miners get framed and hanged.The closest to that is a racer getting disqualified. If a racer in the Iditarod gets hurt,a helicopter could help the hurt person.If that was in the gold rush, they had to use medicine from the 1850’s.It wasn’t good.Their mining techniques were very dangerous.In coyote mining ,a group of miners mine deep until they hit bedrock.Then one person would go on a rope with a bucket,scoop dirt from the sides hopefully with gold.He would put it in the bucket,get pulled up, give it up to the rope puller,then to someone else with a cradle or long tom and hopefully find gold.They could also do hydraulic mining. In this kind of mining, a big hose powered by a company erodes a cliff side with water.The hose is so powerful, it killed a cow that was in the way. The mud at the bottom gets in a cradle or long tom that hopefully has gold at the end. There is nothing even close to that in the Iditarod so yes ... The Gold Rush without a doubt has more hardships than in the Iditarod.

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    1. Amazing job Charlie! I like how you talked about hydraulic mining!

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  48. Charley, Nice Blog! I like the topic sentance!

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  49. I just wanted to remind everyone to start debating! Also wonderful blogs!

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  50. I think we have already started! So.... yeah, but ok?

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