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July 21, 1877

ImageThe Great Railway Strike of 1877 is underway across several states.  In Pittsburgh, militia bayoneted and fired on rock-throwing strikers, killing 20 people and wounding 29 others.  The workers responded by forcing the militia to take refuge in a railroad roundhouse, and then set fires that razed 39 buildings and destroyed 104 locomotives and 1,245 freight and passenger cars.

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