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Revolution in Pennsylvania: A History of the Railroad Union Strike and the "Great Uprising of 1877" [Kindle Edition]

JA Dacus
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In June 1877, a railroad company in West Virginia cut its workers wages by ten percent. The workers went on strike and refused to move any trains until the wage cut had been revoked. When the Governor sent in state militia to force the strikers back to work, the troops refused to act, and the strike quickly spread to Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and as far as St Louis. Within days, the entire country was paralyzed as striking workers occupied the key railroad hubs. Over 100 people were killed in street clashes with state militia and Federal troops. The "Great Uprising of 1877" lasted almost 45 days, and ended only when President Rutherford B Hayes, fearing a repeat of the "Paris Commune" revolution that had just recently occurred in France, sent US Army troops to occupy most of the key railroad centers. It was the largest labor rebellion in American history.

This history of the Great Strike was written by St Louis newspaper reported Joseph Dacus just a few months after the rebellion.

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  • File Size: 376 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red and Black Publishers (May 7, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003LBRNH8
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3.0 out of 5 stars Valuable 19th Century Reprint May 9, 2011
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I find this book difficult to rate. For those like me with a serious interest in these events, this reprint is invaluable for its viewpoint from those times. Like many 19th century accounts of events, there is an almost crushing amount of detail on some aspects, while other events aren't even mentioned. As it was written just after the events, it is assumed that the reader is well aware of the "panic" and years of depression preceeding the strikes. The author shows some obvious biases. It's a fairly dry read. Still, I'm glad that I bought and read it.
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