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Longhorn were important to Texas cattle industry because they could weigh up to 1,600 pounds. Whenever the Civil War started, a demand for Texas beef increased rapidly.
It was January 10th, 1901 in Corsicana. A plume of oil shooting into the air, where Spindletop was, could been seen from more than 10 miles away. Word spread quickly, about the amount of oil, and it was widely known. This marked the beginning of the Texas Oil boom and the age of oil in Texas.
The Knights of Labor organized to support skilled and unskilled workers. Unlike most national unions, membership was open to Women and African Americans. Their decline happened because Texans, as well as people around the world, were upset by violence. They believed that strikes and other labor actions threatened the production and transportation of goods.
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