Labor Revolt in Alabama: The Great Strike of 1894

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

chapter 6
Trouble at the Tracks

Governor Jones's removal of the state troops from Birmingham on June 30 indicated his hope and expectation that the worst excesses of the strike were past. There were political dangers involved in prolonging the use of the militia, and Jones was genuinely convinced that the troops were no longer needed for the protection of property. A leading figure among the miners, W. J. Kelso, asserted that the governor had "taken his forces off the field, either for campaign purposes or for fear. . . ."1

Early in July it was dramatically demonstrated that the governor's hopes for peace were premature. On July 2, a railroad trestle near Adamsville on the Kansas City, Memphis, and Birmingham Railroad was burned, and the watchman and one of his daughters were wounded in an exchange of shots.2 The Age- Herald, incorrectly informed that the affair was one of arson and murder, argued that ways of stopping the violence must be found. "Let us, if necessary," said the paper, "form vigilance

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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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