The History of the Industrial Revolution in Western Maryland
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The cost of buying and maintaining good slaves was high and it became much more economical to pay wages to white immigrant laborers. By , only 21 slaves were listed in the entire Mechanicstown Thurmont census district. Kunkel, who succeeded Ftizhugh as owner of the Catoctin Iron Works, owned four slaves, all under seven years of age. The pattern established in the Catoctin area seemed to have been followed approximately that of Frederick County. Slaves doubled in Frederick County between the years of and , peaking that later year at 6, The decade was one of decline in slave population, from 6, to 4, At the same time, the free black population increased from 2, to 2,, which would hardly account for the large drop in slaves reported.
There was an equally severe decline in the white population in that same decade, possibly indicating a migration of slaves and their owners westward. Slave holdings continued to drop, with 3, reported in and 3, by Explore This Park. Catoctin Mountain Park Maryland.
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James Johnson, his brother and sons and particularly with the poor Negroes whose inward and outward conditions are troubled A little group of them gathered around me at the top of the furnace opening cavity. I depicted the Saviour as He redeemed them from sins upon the cross through His suffering and death. I told them how so many of their countrymen in the West Indies, through belief in the Saviour, have achieved bliss happiness through His death.
They wept very much because they were bound to work so hard during the week as well as on Sunday in the iron smelter and thus were seldom able to hear the Word of God. My conversation came to an end, the signal was given for the pouring and each of them had to go back to work.
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The locomotive belched clouds of vapor as it started to gain ground. A leather blower belt had slipped off a wheel, causing the engine to stop. As the horse regained the lead, Cooper burned his hands on the hot engine as he frantically tried to make the repair. By the time he was able to fix his contraption, it was too late.
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Having built up an insurmountable lead, the horse won the race. But the triumph proved short-lived.
The 'Tom Thumb,' constructed by Peter Cooper in , was the first locomotive to be built in America. By , it had a dozen locomotives operating along its tracks and retired its horses.
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Latrobe told a great story about the race, but did it actually occur? But since the horse supposedly won, that would look bad on the railroad so they might not have wanted to mention it. Cooper did allude to a race occurring after the first experiments in an interview but mentioned few details.
The polymath turned his attention to other ventures. A Cooper-owned rolling mill was the first in the United States to make I-beams and use the Bessemer process to make steel. He developed a remote-control torpedo and even obtained a patent for powdered gelatin.
In , the year-old Cooper became the oldest presidential nominee in American history after earning the Greenback Party nomination. As for the railroads, they transformed America by stitching together the young country and propelling the Industrial Revolution.