Iron Horse Coal Labor

Coal driven trains with steam engines were known as iron horses by the native American Indians. The natives of North America had never seen a metal object move the way the white mans’ iron beast moved on rails. Coal was heavy. Coal didn’t transport well like liquid oil. Coal took a lot of labor. Men had to hired and paid to feed coal furnace. Churchill realized this at Admiral of the Navy early on when he insisted the British Empire turn their attention to petroleum and leave coal mining behind. D.H. Lawrence’s father was a coal miner. Vincent Van Gogh used dark art to describe the plight of the coal miners when he tried to minister to them as a Christian clergyman. Van Gogh’s famous painting titled The Potato Eaters defines the hard life of the miners. Many historical stories tell of the era surrounding coal, but many of those towns became ghost towns when Churchill pushed the British government towards an interest in world domination of oil starting with North Africa and the Middle East. Winston Churchill coined the term Middle East to describe the region that the British were prepared to fight and kill to control for their investment in petroleum oils.


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