Name Primary Source Analysis: The Great Rail Road Strike of 1877


"The Great Railroad Riot," 26 July 1877



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"The Great Railroad Riot," 26 July 1877

Introduction


The editorial that follows, which appeared in the New York Independent, condemned the strike even more strongly. Even its title is suggestive of its critical stance toward the events of the previous ten days.

Questions to Consider


  • According to the author, how did most Americans view the strikers?

  • What did the author view as the right of labor? of employers?

  • What role did the author see for the government in labor disputes?

  • What terms did the author use to describe striking employees who prevented others from taking their place?

  • According to the author, how should the government respond to the strike?



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