The Great Railroad Strike of 1877
Getting started: Vocabulary for the study of labor history

The following words are some basic terms, people and events related to the rise of Big Business and organized labor in the United States. Use your texts, dictionaries and any other resources to determine their meanings. Write the information in your own words, so that you can understand how they are related to the labor movement. Put the information in your notebooks, as instructed by your teacher. As you complete your research, add to the list any other related terms or events unfamiliar to you.

 

anarchy
assembly lines
big business
blacklist
boycott
business trusts
capital
capitalism
closed shop
collective bargaining
company town
competition
division of labor
Homestead Strike
horizontal integration
incendiary
labor union
laborers
laissez-faire
lock out
management
mass production
minimum wage
Molly Maguires
monopolies
natural resources
negotiations
organized labor
Panic of 1873
rank and file
ringleader
scab
sit-down strike
standardized parts
strike
technological advancements
vertical integration
walk out
working conditions

Last Updated: March 18, 2014