1 the great railroad strike of 1877 ( ) the great railway strike of 1877 brought the nation's commerce to a screeching halt, and the. Summary annotated bibliography then federal troops went from city to city, putting down strike after strike until after a few weeks the great railroad strike of 1877 was over create a free website. Who was involved in the great railroad strike of 1877. Labor unions remained negative prior to the great strike of 187717 the problems faced by the labor movement only intensified when economic panic erupted in 1873 with unemployment at twenty-five percent in many eastern cities, the value of. The great strike of 1877 essays on july 16, 1877, in martinsburg, west virginia began the great strike of 1877 on this day railroad workers for the baltimore & ohio railroad were informed of a ten percent wage cut this was the second cut like this in eight months after one train crew abandoned.
Aftermath the great railroad strike of 1877 had many short and long term effects on america because of all the violence in the strike, many of the workers lost the sympathy of the general public. The great railroad strike of 1877: a catalyst for the american labor movement jessica piper senior division historical paper. The great railroad strike of 1877 the great railroad strike of 1877 started on july 14 in martinsburg, west virginia, in response to the cutting of wages for the second time in a year by the baltimore & ohio railroad. Impact although the great railroad strike of 1877 was ultimately a catastrophic failure for the strikers, with over 100 dead, it was the start of something much bigger. The great railroad strike of 1877 began in the month of july and started off in a town called martinburg which was located in the state of west virginia.
The 1877 great strike and the reading massacre january 20, 2015 lenny flank 3 comments by august 1877, the great strike was over the knights of labor held its first nationwide meeting-and would go on to spark the formation of the american labor movement. Link: notes: the depression of the 1870s forced the american railroads into a cost-cutting mode the workers for the baltimore & ohio railroad went on strike in 1877 after receiving a second pay cut within a short period of time. As a result of the great railroad strike of 1877, railroad companies lost millions of dollars because - 531510. The great railway strike of 1877 spread quickly within the region of the eastern railroads, but as the strikers and their sympathizers gathered in baltimore, they assumed a scale few americans expected. The great railroad strike, 1877 - howard zinn the strike spread to pittsburgh and the pennsylvania railroad when the great railroad strikes of 1877 were over, a hundred people were dead, a thousand people had gone to jail.
A contemporary artist's rendering of the clash in baltimore between workers and the maryland sixth regiment during the great railroad strike of 1877. The great strike of 1877 had a major effect on the attitudes of americans about industrial society workers set up several nation unions, each with their own approach changes the strike did result in some positive outcomes as well.
In 1877, the railroad companies were tightening their belts due to an economic depression their cuts, however, would ultimately spark a month-long. The great railroad strike of 1887 began on july 14 in martinsburg, west virginia the strike was in response to the cutting of wages for the third time in a year by the ba ltimore & ohio railroad. The great railroad strike of 1877 began on july 14 in martinsburg, west virginia, and ended some 45 days later after it was put down by local and state milit. 16 capital and labor a maryland national guard unit fires upon strikers during the great railroad strike of 1877 harper's weekly, via wikimedia the great railroad strike of 1877 heralded a new era of labor conflict in the united states.