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  • | Illustration

    "The Moral of the Strikes"

    An illustration of "The Moral of the Strikes" which emphasizes their cost to working-class women and children.

  • | Newspaper

    A Colossal Railway Consolidation

    Republican Editor Edward Rosewater welcomes the consolidation of the Southern Railway out of its receivership and hopes that bigness will streamline railroad operations and open up opportunities for government oversight and control.

  • | Newspaper

    A Deception And A Snare

    Railroads presented political controversies at the very local level, in city hall meetings and town councils over the location of their depots, the kind of service they might run, and a host of other social issues.

  • | Newspaper

    A General Strike

    This article from the July 20, 1877 edition of the Baltimore American gives an account of the strike and notes the military's effectiveness at calming the mob, but the reluctance of railroad workers to return to work.

  • | Illustration

    A Mob Attacking a Train At Hornellsville, On July 22d

    As the Great Strike of 1877 developed, strikers on the Erie Railroad in New York stopped trains along their stretch of the route.

  • | Illustration

    A Night Scene In Company A's Room.

    This image comes from a series of illustrations "Scenes In The Armory Of The Seventh Regiment, N.G.S.N.Y." depicting the soldiers' stay in their armory in preparation for violence on the streets of New York.

  • | Illustration

    A Skirmish Between the Rioters and Police In Eutaw Street, Baltimore

    When members of the Maryland National Guard moved through Baltimore on their way to Camden Station, street violence erupted as strikers and supporters protested the use of armed troops to keep order in Cumberland, Maryland.

  • | Illustration

    Accident on the New York Central Railroad

    This image from the May 28, 1858 edition of Harper's Weekly depicts an accident on a railroad bridge near Utica, New York.

  • | Newspaper

    After the Riot

    This July 24, 1877 article from the Pittsburgh Daily Post chronicles the efforts of militia, the police, and citizens to put down the railroad strike.

  • | Newspaper

    Among the Ruins

    This article from the July 25, 1877 issue of the Pittsburgh Daily Post notes the railroad strike's extensive destruction and details public and private efforts to keep it under control.

  • | Illustration

    An Armed Mob Marching To The Scene of Action In Pittsburgh.

    Note the imagery that is slightly reminscient of Archibald Willard's famous painting The Spirit of '76.

  • | Newspaper

    An Artistic Job of Train Robbing

    Bryan's World Herald puts the tariff issue at the center of the 1894 campaign and argues that the tariff is a tax on working people because it results in higher prices for all goods and commodities. The newspaper also editorializes about a recent train robbery, arguing that the Wells Fargo men did not demonstrate enough manliness in the confrontation.

  • | Illustration

    An Engineer Lifted From His Train By A Mob At Newark, July 20th.

    The worst agitation in Ohio occured at Newark, an important Baltimore and Ohio Railroad depot.

  • | Newspaper

    An Explanation by Captain Charles J. Faulkner, Jr.

    This letter to the editor by Captain Charles J. Faulkner, printed in the July 19, 1877 edition of the Baltimore Sun defends his decision to leave the railroad yard at Martinsburg, West Virginia. Faulkner's letter comes in response to newspaper editors who suggested that his company left too soon.

  • | Newspaper

    Arbitration as a Remedy

    This letter from the July 30, 1877 issue of the Pittsburgh Daily Post discusses the resolution of the railroad strike and argues that the railroad owners handled the situation poorly. Their inept decision-making required the railroads to seek government assistance to remedy their mistakes.

  • | Pamphlet

    B. & M. R. R. Land in Nebraska [German Language edition]

    This translation of an 1882 German language document published by the Burlington Railroad Land Commissioner has an index of Nebraska land agents, describes the lands available for purchase, and presents a list of 12 advantages to living in the Nebraska. The railroad also touts its role in settling the region, noting that it "open[s] the land, develop[s] traffic with the rest of the world, and connect[s] resident[s] to the marketplace". It also claims that "the progress in this region has been remarkable since the building of the Burlington road ten years ago, the district has been rapidly populated with the best and solidest class of immigrant", showing both the railroad companies' targeting of immigrants as land buyers and their perception of their role in settling the Plains.

  • | Illustration

    Battery B., N.G.S.N.Y., Waiting For Orders In The Old Arsenal On Elm Street.

    This image comes from a pair of illustrations: "New York City. - The Influence, In The Metropolis, Of The Railroad Strikes - The State National Guard Preparing To Move To The Seat Of Action."

  • Bishop Campbell's Indignity

    The expulsion of an African American preacher from a Georgia rail car draws the ire of Philadelphia citizens.

  • | Newspaper

    Bringing in the B. & M. Voters

    Ever vigilant against railroad political power, the Republican Omaha Daily Bee warns against the possibility of voter fraud in the election through the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad employees whom the company is moving back into Nebraska right before the election.

  • | Newspaper

    Bryan and Thurston

    Speech by William Jennings Bryan.