Are we really going to let Chinese-Americans take credit for the building of America's railroad system? The Chinese weren't Chattel Slaves? #KamalaHarris #AmericanRailroads #ADOS
I'm making my way through this book (👇🏾).

The author states in the first chapter: "...Slaves constructed much of the antebellum South 8,784-mile (by 1861) rail network..."
#ADOS #BreakingBrown
The prologue of this book details the story of Rose, a slave who was hired (rented out by her owner) to work on the railroads as a cook. Enslaved women worked not only as cooks but as construction laborers on occasion. #ADOS
Here is an article titled, "Railroad Construction and Antebellum Slave Prices" that entails the economics - including government policy - behind the increased slave prices during the construction of railroads in the antebellum South. #ADOS
(Back to the "Railroads in the African American Experience" book). All of antebellum railroads have been absorbed into four companies. All-in-all 100,000 enslaved #ADOS were used to build and maintain antebellum railroads.
(1) Women were used to build railroads
(2) Description of how the slaves were worked to death
(1) Black passengers on railroads needed white passengers to certify that they weren't runaways
(2) Insurance polices taken out on slaves
More accounts of the working conditions of slaves used to build antebellum railroads
(1) Slaves preferred over immigrants (duh)
(2) The economic viability of slaves (more $ spent feeding animals than slaves)
(3) Alabama government giving out loans to help build railroads
Guidelines to slave punishment while hired to railroads. Such punishment was only for the slaves; not the hired white workers or immigrants.
Slaves did the most dangerous work: brakemen.
Post Civil War and emancipation ex-slaves moved out west and north.
(1) Immigrants driving ex-slaves out of the railroad busniess post Civil War
(2) Description of convict leasing post Civil War
(1) John Henry
(2) Preacher Jones
(1) Mexicans driving ex-slaves out of the railroad market
(2) Mechanization decreasing job opportunity for ex-slaves
Lightning- Long John (Old song by a chain gang) Part 1
Lightning- Long John (Old song by a chain gang) Part 2
Lightning- Long John (Old song by a chain gang) Part 3
Gandy Dancers
Contracts show 1800s prisoner leasing system Part 1
Contracts show 1800s prisoner leasing system Part 2
The song of John Henry and its impact on American music. Part 1
The song of John Henry and its impact on American music. Part 2
John Henry · Brother John Sellers Part 1
John Henry · Brother John Sellers Part 2
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