By Benjamin F. Alexander
In 1893, after a massive British financial institution failure, a run on U.S. gold reserves, and a late-June stock-market crash, the US was once within the throes of a major financial melancholy. Unemployment rose, foreclosure climbed, and well known unrest fixed. by way of the next spring, businessman and Populist agitator Jacob S. Coxey used to be uninterested with executive inaction within the face of the obstacle. With the aid of eccentric showman Carl Browne, he led a bunch of numerous hundred unemployed salary earners, small farmers, and crossroads retailers on a march from Massillon, Ohio, to Washington, D.C., to provide a "petition in boots" for government-financed jobs development and repairing the nation’s roads. On may well 1, the Coxeyites descended at the middle of presidency, the place Coxey tried to bring a speech at the Capitol steps. The police attacked, a melee ensued, and Coxey and Browne spent a month in prison. in the meantime, different Coxey-inspired contingents have been on their means east from locations as far-off as San Francisco and Portland. a few of them even hijacked trains alongside the best way.
Who was once Coxey, and what inspired him—along with the offended marchers who joined his reason? What did different american citizens consider the protesters? was once there ever any likelihood that the protesters’ calls for will be met? the place did the agitators slot in with the politics in their day, and the way did their activities jibe with the opposite labor-related protests taking place that yr? during this concise and gripping narrative, Benjamin F. Alexander contextualizes the march through vividly describing the distress wrought by means of the Panic of ’93. Alexander brings either Coxey and his fellow leaders to lifestyles, in addition to the journalists and spies who traveled with them and the varied crew of captivated newspaper readers who the development of the marches and educate heists.
Coxey’s Army explains how the calls for of the Coxeyites—far from being the wild schemes of a small staff of cranks—fit right into a greater historical past of monetary theories that obtained severe consciousness lengthy prior to and lengthy after the Coxey march. regardless of operating a gauntlet of ridicule, the marchers laid down a coarse define of what, a few 40 years later, emerged because the New Deal.
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Coxey's Army (Witness to History) by Benjamin F. Alexander