The Great Railway Strike of 1877 brought the nation's commerce to a screeching halt, and the violence that erupted in Baltimore and Pittsburgh shook the nation. In the aftermath of Civil War and Reconstruction, the great strike seemed especially ominous. Railroad workers led this first national strike in American history, exploiting the very network that was the instrument of national unity. Compare the coverage, especially language, tone, and policy recommendations in the various newspapers.
This section includes all of the extremely rare lithographs from two special issues of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, especially the Strike special issues of August 4 and 11, 1877.
This section includes several extremely rare stereoscopic photographs of the destruction in Pittsburgh, Pa., part of a series of 42 stereoscopic slides marketed by S. V. Albee showing the aftermath of the strike.
Includes a TokenX language analysis of documents related to the strike, a GIS map displaying the spread of the strike across the Northeastern United States, and a GIS map displaying the movements of strikers and sympathizers during the July 20, 1877 Baltimore Rail Riots.