Causes Of The Strike Of 1877

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The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 manifested into the first of a series of labor strikes in the United States and the first general strike of the nation. Working on the railroads, labor workers already had poor working conditions and low wages. However, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) had made its second wage cut in the past eight months; both cuts by ten percent. In response to this, labor workers refused to allow any freight trains to roll in and out of the station until the restoration of their original wages. The railroad strikers included individuals from railroad workers to other labor sympathizers alike. The Great Strike of 1877 succeeded for the labor economy because of the large number of labor supporters, the overpowering of the militia, and the power of initiative from the people. Several citizens supported the laborers because of the dangers their jobs came with and their impact on the overall economy of the United States. The strikers refused to restart the trains, so the B&O company employed new men to restart the trains, however, the strikers immediately interfered. When the police went to protect the new men, the strikers were, “reinforced by a large body of citizens, swelling the crowd till it reached the proportions of a large mob” (“Serious Strike”). The citizens were more willing to aid the strikers than the local police and militia. The locals agreed with the strikers because they were willing to go against their own militia. According
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