The Great Boom Of Industrialization

1121 WordsFeb 22, 20165 Pages
In the late 1800’s, the United States saw a great boom in industrialization. The rise in industrialization allowed men like J.P Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, Commodore Vanderbilt, and John D. Rockefeller, or any other wealthy businessman to become the prominent figures they were in society. However, the reason why these men were able to be successful was because of the labor they had. The untold stories of laborers, especially of African Americans, provide a revelation of the hardships they had to endure in order to lead the United States to the global power it is today. In 1907, Green Cottenham was arrested for traveling in a freight train without a ticket and for vagrancy. Cottenham only had two options in this predicament. He could either by a huge fine or be sold into labor because of vagrancy. Without having any money, he could only choose the latter. Cottenham was sent off a to a coal mine that was owned by the U.S Steel Corporation. This disease ridden coal mine had horrible conditions for people like Cottenham. Because of the syphilis and the tuberculosis that he developed from working in these mines, Cottenham died just four months after he began working in mines. Cottenham was an example of blacks could be forced to be laborers due to legal, yet unjust, means. Others were kidnapped. In 1902, 14 year old James Robinson was kidnapped and sold into involuntary servitude, ending up being located at a plantation called Kinderlou in Georgia. At Kinderlou, James
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