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The Great Railroad Strike of 1877

The Baltimore railroad strike of 1877 involved several days of work stoppage and violence in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1877. It formed a part of the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, during which widespread civil unrest spread nationwide following the global depression and economic downturns of the mid-1870s. Strikes broke out along the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) on July 16, the same day that 10% wage reductions were scheduled.
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  • The Long Depression and the Great Strikes 

  • Early events 

  • July 16–19 

  • The outbreak of violence 

  • Immediate aftermath and sporadic violence 

  • The 7th and 8th regiments 

  • Resumption of freight traffic 

  • Aftermath and legacy