By the time Elbert Gary had completed his plans, the Indiana city of Gary and its mills could boast twelve blast furnaces, forty-seven steel furnaces, an impressive harbor -- and an unknown number of lingering ghosts.
It may surprise you to know that the basis for Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin was not only social commentary. There is a real person underpinning the tale: Josiah Henson.

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