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August 29, 2011

The Grand Army of Starvation 1877

"A nationwide rebellion brought the United States to a standstill in the summer of 1877. Eighty thousand railroad workers walked out, joined by hundreds of thousands of Americans outraged by the excesses of the railroad companies and the misery of a four-year economic depression. Police, state militia, and federal troops clashed with strikers and sympathizers, leaving over one hundred dead and thousands injured. The Great Uprising inaugurated a new era of conflict over the meaning of America in the industrial age."
Originally released in 1987 as part seven of the documentary series Who Built America?

You need to watch this. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 52587-D 30 minutes

Posted by mcmike at August 29, 2011 01:43 PM

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