Many believe that Christopher Columbus was the first to sail the open ocean and reach the Americas. What it not known are the numerous others who had already sailed the journey West, and those who sailed East. The Chinese once had a great fleet that was much larger than those of Europe, not just in the amount of ships, but the size as well. But with Columbus the world started its age of exploration more extensively.
US Department of Labor 2014 Hall of Honor Inductee The Chinese Railroad Workers (1865 — 1869) From 1865-1869, 12,000 Chinese immigrants constructed the western section of the transcontinental railroad — one of the greatest engineering feats in American history. Their efforts, which connected the western United States to the eastern United States, laid the foundation for the extraordinary economic prosperity enjoyed by the United States in the years that followed.
Raggedy Henry: February 1912. "Henry, 10-year-old oyster shucker who does five pots of oysters a day. Works before school, after school, and Saturdays. Been working three years. Maggioni Canning Co., Port Royal, South Carolina." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine
More about Samuel R. Caldwell: On the day the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act was enacted (Oct. 2, 1937) the FBI and Denver, Co. police arrested Samuel for possession of TWO marijuana cigarettes. Mind you, growing and selling marijuana were still legal, but only if you bought a $1 government stamp... And that stamp was not for sale. Samuel was sentenced to four years of hard labor, plus a $1k fine. He served every day of his sentence and a year after Caldwell was released from prison, he died of…