Occupy Pittsburgh in 1877

1 Dec

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This was an Occupy Pittsburgh 1877 style. This interactive map goes over the history of the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, that went stretched from Downtown through the Strip into Lawrenceville.

The Great Strike of 1877 and the uprising that ensued did not begin in Pittsburgh, and it did not start on the Pennsylvania Railroad. The grievances of brakemen employed on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad first led to a strike in Baltimore, Maryland on July 16th. The next day, trainmen in Martinsburg, West Virginia also went on strike. Unrest quickly spread throughout the country—beyond the B&O and beyond the railroad industry at large.

The Great Strike was a spontaneous and chaotic action, independent of unions and political organizations.

The rest of fascinating story can be recreated on the Howling Mob Society website which will help you find the actual historical markers that were placed throughout the historic district.


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