Radical Movements In The Gilded Age

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In 1877, amid an economic depression, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroads lowered their workers' wages by 20 percent. Their workers unionized in a strike that started in West Virginia. 2/3 of the nation joined, opposing the federal troops sent by President Hayes to end the strike. America’s Gilded Age was an era of confrontation between management and labor. It was an era of economic depression, growing industrialism and abysmal working conditions. These conditions led to the creation of radical movements such as Unions (e.g Knights of Labor, National Labor Union, American Federation of Labor etc.,) and third political parties(e.g. Socialist Party, Populist Party etc.) These radical movements sought to improve the lives of the working class and

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