edited by David O. Stowell
contributions by Joshua Brown, Steven J Hoffman, Michael Kazin, David Miller, Richard Schneirov, David O. Stowell and Shelton Stromquist
introduction by David O. Stowell
University of Illinois Press, 2007
Paper: 978-0-252-07477-6 | eISBN: 978-0-252-05635-2 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03241-7
Library of Congress Classification HD5325.R2 1877G74 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 331.892813850973


A spectacular example of collective protest, the Great Strike of 1877--actually a sequence of related actions--was America's first national strike and the first major strike against the railroad industry. In some places, non-railroad workers also abandoned city businesses, creating one of the nation's first general strikes. Mobilizing hundreds of thousands of workers, the Great Strikes of 1877 transformed the nation's political landscape, shifting the primary political focus from Reconstruction to labor, capital, and the changing role of the state. 

Probing essays by distinguished historians explore the social, political, regional, and ethnic landscape of the Great Strikes of 1877: long-term effects on state militias and national guard units; ethnic and class characterization of strikers; pictorial representations of poor laborers in the press; organizational strategies employed by railroad workers; participation by blacks; violence against Chinese immigrants; and the developing tension between capitalism and racial equality in the United States. 

Contributors: Joshua Brown, Steven J. Hoffman, Michael Kazin, David Miller, Richard Schneirov, David O. Stowell, and Shelton Stromquist.

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