|Historical Society Lecture Series: The Railroad Strike of 1877|
Event Type: History and Genealogy|
Age Group(s): Adults
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
Labor Historian Bill Barry discusses the Railroad Strike of 1877.Library: Miller
The first nationwide strike in the US started on July 14, 1877, when the B & O Railroad tried to impose a second pay cut of 10% on the railroad workers. As the strike became a founding episode in the history of unionism, one of the first stoppages was in Relay, where engineers got off a train to protest wage cuts. The strike spread across the country but Baltimore was the center. When the local militia killed 10 citizens near Baltimore City Hall, federal troops were called in and the strike was broken after a tumultuous week. This is a wonderful local history with national impact.
Bill Barry is the retired Director of Labor Studies at CCBC-Dundalk and the author of The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore.
In partnership with Howard County Historical Society. Please register for each session separately.
Location: Ellicott/Patapsco, HCLS Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Rd Ellicott City MD 21042