A podcast about the Hidden History of Slavery in California, where we unearth the stories that were deliberately left out of the "free" state’s official history.
California Fugitive Slave Law
Three formerly enslaved Black men were living their California Gold Rush dream, building a lucrative mining supply business in just a few months. But one cool spring night in 1852, an armed posse of white men burst into their cabin and arrested them, claiming they were fugitive slaves. In our pilot episode, we explore a little-known California law that unleashed racial terror on Black people and made a mockery of the state constitution’s ban on slavery.
Introducing Gold Chains
Many of us were taught in school that California was a "free state" that never had slavery. It was a lie. Gold Chains unearths stories about the enslavement of Black people, which was deliberately kept out of official histories of California. And we connect that dark past to today's calls for justice. Voices featured in this trailer include Tammerlin Drummond, Stacey L. Smith, Taylor Bythewood-Porter, Candice Francis and Marshal Arnwine.
Incredibly informative and engaging
I’ve lived in California my whole life and I’ve never heard this history. I really appreciate the research and information shared in this podcast. Excellent production!
Long overdue accounting of CA history
This is an excellent podcast. It is well past time to tell the truth about our history. I learned much in just the first episode!
Uncovering lost stories
Really impressed with this podcast. So much I never knew about California’s history with slavery.