The Frostburg State University Geography Club will present a lecture by Adam Lewis entitled “Coal and Culture, Iron and Ethnicity in George’s Creek” on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Compton Science Center, room 226.
Lewis’s lecture will focus on how the owners of the George’s Creek Coal and Iron Company (GCC&IC) from 1837 to 1840 used ethnicity to polarize, manipulate and exploit their workforce. The story of the GCC&IC is significant because company journals openly acknowledge the use of ethnicity to exploit the workers. This set the stage for later unity and success of the George’s Creek miners. Those miners went on to establish the Maryland State Normal School No.2, which eventually became Frostburg State University.
Lewis is a graduate student in FSU’s Masters of Arts in Teaching program, with focuses in history and geography.
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