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This is the grave of Matthias Baldwin. Born in 1795 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, Baldwin was wealthy as a small child. His father was a builder of fancy carriages for the rich and did very well for himself. But dad died in 1799 and the executors of the estate were incompetent. The money started dribbling […]
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The Tech of Death

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On June 16, 2020
Gizmodo has this series where they ask experts this or that. For this week’s version, they asked a bunch of historians about which technology has led to the most accidental death. I was one of the historians they asked and pointed to the railroad. I don’t know if trains have in fact killed more people […]
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This is the grave of Collis Huntington. One of the most corrupt capitalists of the Gilded Age, Collis Huntington was born in 1821 in Harwinton, Connecticut. He traveled around a lot as a young man, from Virginia to New York, before heading to California during the gold rush. There he had success running a hardware […]
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On March 6, 1886, the Great Southwest Strike began, marking the start of a year of worker revolt against the exploitation of Gilded Age capitalism. Over 200,000 railroad workers went on strike, but the failure to win helped usher in the decline of the Knights of Labor. The widely and publicly loathed Jay Gould was […]
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