The Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad Strike

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THE strike on the Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad from February, 1921, to December, 1923, involving the complete suspension for nine months of a railroad serving an otherwise isolated people, the wholesale uprising of an exasperated citizenry, and the driving of the strikers out of the country, was a unique episode in the history of labor in the United States and merits the more than passing interest of students of the labor problem. In presenting the essential facts in this monograph the author has sought to give such information about the road and the people involved as is necessary to a full understanding of the unusual developments connected with the strike.

There has been no attempt to justify or to defend the attitude, policy, or actions of either side. Quotations have been used freely so that the reader may be brought in direct contact with the spirit of the situation, appreciate the viewpoint of the participants, and understand their reasons for acting as they did.

It was not easy to secure the necessary information. The position of the writer as a resident of the state and as Professor of Economics in one of its leading colleges, together with his personal acquaintance with some of the participants inspired confidence in his statement that he had no axe to grind for either side and opened sources of information that might have been closed to a stranger or an outsider. In no instance has any one supplying information or material even suggested that it be used in any particular way of for a particular purpose. It has been clearly under


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