The Great Railroad Strike of 1877
Student Activity Two: Guided Reading #1
- Classroom United States history text
- Transcriptions from The Albany Argus:
- Document # 3 - July 21, 1877 editorial: The Strike and The Troops
Carefully read Document #3, The Strike and The Troops. Then, use Document #3, other resources (text, dictionary, etc.) and your knowledge of social studies to answer the following questions based on the document. Put your answers in your own words; supply examples from the document when asked to "support your answer with evidence."Paragraph 1:
- Why were Federal troops needed in West Virginia?
- Why does the author consider sending Federal troops into West Virginia legal?
- The New York Evening Post, another newspaper, considers the use of Federal troops a "violation of Democratic doctrine." What right(s) of citizens in a democracy are being violated? Refer to the specific Constitutional amendment protecting this right in your answer.
- The author calls The Evening Post's position "puerile." Write two synonyms (words that have the same meaning) for "puerile."
- According to the author, who is usually responsible for creating riots and disturbances?
- Why did the men riot?
- Does the author think they were justified to riot? Support your answer with evidence from the document.
- According to the author, why are businessmen reluctant (not eager) to reduce the wages of their workers?
- Who does the author feel is responsible for creating the conflict and the resulting problems? Support your answer with evidence from the document.