The Untold History: Enslaved Africans and their Role in the U.S. Mining Industry

The history of the mining industry and its workforce in the United States is frequently associated with tales of European immigrants and native-born laborers seeking their fortune in the depths of the earth. The considerable role that enslaved Africans played in the development of the U.S. mining industry is a lesser-known aspect of this history.

An examination of the contributions of enslaved Africans to the U.S. mining industry, which are...

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