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GREAT STRIKE of 1877 Letter Requesting 50,000 men to march on White House
Unusual letter requesting 50,000 business and laborers to march on the White House Mansion. Written to a one Mr. Wallace by a gentleman named A.J.Quigley. From what I can historically surmise this request had a great deal to do with the aftermath of the Great Strike of 1877.The Great Strike of 1877 exerted a profound effect upon American business, as well as political and intellectual life. Many employers' organizations concluded that wage cuts had reached their rock bottom. The men would stand for no more. The strikes also jolted an increasingly complacent middle class, many of whom had no knowledge of the conditions that laborers faced every day. In the summer of 1877, these conditions came to light. And by November when this letter was drafted the tensions and frustrations of the nation was hitting its zenith.
The Irvin House Hotel was located in Lock Haven,Pa in the center of the town. Letter measures 5' ½ x 9 inches. Dated November 17th 1877.
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