Railroad Strike Of 1877: An Important Time Period

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Maribel Vicente
History 1302
Railroad Strike of 1877 In the year 1877, the Baltimore & Ohio station in West Virginia, workers suffered a serious wage cut. Determined to fight the wage cut workers went on strike, and actions of the rebellious workers spread through other states. Historians Howard Zinn, Brian P. Luskey, and Nick Salvatore, analyzed why the strike was an important time period. During this time period, it was known as the gilded age were only the strong survive and the weak perish. During this period of time, many people from the lower and middle class had taken jobs in the railways system. One of the main reason why people choose the railroad industry is because like Zinn states "poor families lived in cellars and drank infested
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Unemployment was high for those who had join the strike. Historian Zinn states "hundred people were dead, a thousand people had gone to jail, 100,000 workers had gone on strike, and the strikes had roused into action countless unemployed in the cities." Salvatore and Luskey argue that many men were killed, gone to jail, and those unemployed are mostly middle and lower classes refusing the industrial capitalism, the strike tries to defend their political beliefs. Luskey states "the violent class conflict that had transpired during the riot." A well Salvatore states "while class anger was expressed, a different consciousness motivated these Terre Haute strikers during and after 1877."
The strike of 1877 was an important period on where worker strike for abusing union labor, unsafe working conditions and as well on business and corporations cutting employee wages. These wage cuts affect most of the middle and lower classes also, where capitalism was starting to growth among industry's where many were affected by those workers. Historians Howard Zinn, Brian P. Luskey, and Nick Salvatore have analyzed the importance of the strike, as well the reason behind

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