Great Railroad Strike of 1877

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Great Railroad Strike of 1877

Workers for Baltimore and Ohio Railroad went on strike,because the company had reduced the workers wages twice over the previous year.

Great Railroad Strike of 1877

Began on July 17, 1877, in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Rutherford B. Hayes sent federal troops to multiple locationsThe strike had spread to several other states creating violence erupted.More than 20,000 people participated

Strikers refused to let the trains run until the most recent pay cut was given to the workers.

Governor Thomas Young encouraged them to create police forces and dispatched militia to maintain law and order

By the end of August, the strike had ended, mostly due to federal intervention, use of militias, and the employment of strikebreakers


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