The Great Railroad Strike of 1877
Resources for Teachers and Students of Labor History

Brecher, Jeremy. Strike! Revised and updated edition. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 1997.

An American labor history from the Great Upheaval (chapter 1) to the Teamsters' UPS strike of 1997, told from the perspective of the rank-and-file workers.

Order information: South End Press, 7 Brookline Street, #1, Cambridge, MA 02139-4146; ISBN 0-89608-570-8 (cloth); ISBN 0-89608-569-4 (paper).

Cobblestone. The History Magazine for Young People. "The History of Labor." Vol. 13, #8, Peterborough, New Hampshire, October, 1992.

Freedman, Russell. Kids At Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor. New York, New York: Scholastic Inc., 1995.

Easy to read, with photographs by Lewis Hine, possibly the finest chronicler of the conditions of children working in industrial jobs at the turn of the nineteenth century.

Order information: Published by Scholastic Inc., by arrangement with Clarion Books, a Houghton-Mifflin Company imprint; ISBN 0-590-54334-2.

Josephson, Matthew. The Robber Barons. New York, NY: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1934, 1962 (renewed).

Order information: ISBN 0-15-676790-2.

Lesh, Bruce. "Using Primary Sources to Teach the Rail Strike of 1877." Organization of American Historians Magazine of History: The Gilded Age. Vol. 13 No. 4, Summer 1999.

Order information: Organization of American Historians, 112 North Bryan Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana 47408-4199; telephone (812) 855-7311; e-mail; online:

Mofford, Juliet Haines (editor). Talkin' Union: The American Labor Movement. Carlisle, MA: Discovery Enterprises, Ltd., 1997.

A collection of primary sources, including speeches, song lyrics, illustrations, political cartoons and eyewitness accounts of the American labor movement in the nineteenth and twentieth century.

Order information: Discovery Enterprises (1-800-729-1720); ISBN 1-878668-79-X.

Songs for Labor: AFL-CIO Publication #56. AFL-CIO Department of Education, Washington, D.C., December, 1983.

Stowell, David O. "Albany's Great Strike of 1877." New York History, January 1995. New York State Historical Association, 1995.

Stowell, David O. "Small Property Holders and the Great Strike of 1877." Journal of Urban History, Vol. 21 No. 6, September 1995, pp. 741-763. Sage Publications, 1995.

Last Updated: March 18, 2014