Labor Revolt in Alabama: The Great Strike of 1894

By Robert David Ward; William Warren Rogers | Go to book overview

chapter 5
Violence and a Quieter Note

As the second regiment of the Alabama state troops began to assemble for its muster at the newly christened Camp Forney at Ensley, plans were laid by the striking miners to show their disapproval of the governor's intervention. On May 25, when it was learned that Sheriff Morrow had requested troops and that Governor Jones had agreed to send them, a mass meeting was called for the following day in Birmingham. Detective Vallens, reporting the news of the proposed gathering to the governor, felt that the meeting was "called at the instigation of some politicians who desire to show their sympathy for the miners in order to catch their vote--it will have no good effect on the situation. . . ."1

On May 26, almost 1,000 miners assembled at Pratt City in mass meeting. Although they discussed the questions raised by the intervention of the state troops, they contented themselves with passing a resolution criticizing Sheriff Morrow in calling

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 7
  • Preface 9
  • Chapter 1- Early Efforts at Organization 13
  • Chapter 2- Unionization, Political Revolt and Panic 30
  • Chapter 3- The Strike Begins 59
  • Chapter 4- Violence and State Troops 75
  • Chapter 5- Violence and a Quieter Note 86
  • Chapter 6- Trouble at the Tracks 103
  • Chapter 7- The Miners And Political Protest 118
  • Chapter 8- "The Agony is Over" 130
  • Notes 139
  • Bibliography 161
  • Index 167
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