The Great Railroad Strike of 1877
Student Activity Four: Constructed Response Question #2


Transcriptions from The Albany Argus:

  • Document #5B - July 27, 1877: A PROCLAMATION By the Mayor.

Activity Directions:

Carefully read Document #5B, A PROCLAMATION By the Mayor. Then, use Document #5B and your knowledge of social studies to answer the following questions. Put your answers in your own words; supply examples from the document when asked to "support your answer with evidence."

  1. What circumstances caused Albany's Mayor A. Bleecker Banks to issue this statement?

  2. List three reasons why Mayor Banks doesn't believe workingmen of Albany want to riot:

  3. Why does the mayor want to stop people from meeting in large groups?

  4. According to the mayor, why shouldn't workingmen drink liquor?

  5. What does the mayor believe he, as leader of the city, must do when such disturbances occur?

  6. What does the mayor request of all men in Albany?

Last Updated: March 18, 2014