The Railroad Barons, The Gilded Age, And The Greatest Labor Uprising In America
In his new book, "The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America," Jack Kelly offers an account of the explosive 1894 clash of industry, labor, and government that shook the nation and marked a turning point for America.
At the pinnacle of the Gilded Age, a boycott of Pullman sleeping cars by hundreds of thousands of railroad employees brought commerce to a standstill across much of the country. Famine threatened, riots broke out along the rail lines. Soon the U.S. Army was on the march and gunfire rang from the streets of major cities.