The Great Strikes of 1877 / Edition 1

The Great Strikes of 1877 / Edition 1

by David O. Stowell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252074777

ISBN-13: 9780252074776

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

A spectacular example of collective protest, the Great Strike of 1877 - actually a sequence of related strikes - was the first national strike and the first major strike against the railroad industry. In some places, notably St. Louis, nonrailroad workers also abandoned city businesses, creating one of the nation's first general strikes. Mobilizing hundreds of…  See more details below

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A spectacular example of collective protest, the Great Strike of 1877 - actually a sequence of related strikes - was the first national strike and the first major strike against the railroad industry. In some places, notably St. Louis, nonrailroad 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; ethic 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252074776
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Series:
Working Class in American History
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
197
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction   David O. Stowell     1
The Great Uprising and Pictorial Order in Gilded Age America   Joshua Brown     15
"Our Rights as Workingmen": Class Traditions and Collective Action in a Nineteenth-Century Railroad Town, Hornellsville, N.Y., 1869-82   Shelton Stromquist     55
Chicago's Great Upheaval of 1877: Class Polarization and Democratic Politics   Richard Schneirov     76
Looking North: A Mid-South Perspective on the Great Strike   Steven J. Hoffman     105
The July Days in San Francisco, 1877: Prelude to Kearneyism   Michael Kazin     136
California's Changing Society and Mexican American Conceptions of the Great Strike   David Miller     164
Contributors     189
Index     191

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