General Strike of 1877 in St. Louis

The Missouri History Museum depicts the General Strike of St. Louis that took place in 1877 with a creative display of “roustabouts” working on the wharves.  The workers had no rights, low pay, and no chance of improvement.  People throughout the country walked off the job, and St. Louis workers represented one of the biggest strikes in the country.  It took several days of police and military to stop the strike, but it did lead to better conditions for the workers eventually…

I have read in other places that after the strike, the leaders of St. Louis wanted to spread some goodwill so the started the now famous Veil Prophet Parade and Celebration that has been going on is St. Louis since October 1878.  It was designed to entertain the people, but also re-establish some of the social hierarchy that was challenged in the General Strike of the year before.

I would like to know more.


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