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The Oxford Companion to United States History
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has played a central role in American economic development.Coal, petroleum, natural gas, and uranium helped fuel industrialization. Iron, cement, copper, and other mine products were transformed into manufactured goods and buildings. Gold and silver have at times served as monetary metals. Mining and drilling contributed to the accumulation of numerous family fortunes, including those of the Guggenheims, Rockefellers, Hearsts, and Mellons. Historically, the growth of mining and the growth of the economy were strongly intertwined. Between ... ...

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