The Edge of Anarchy

The Railroad Barons, The Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America
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Author(s): Jack Kelly
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Jan 08, 2019
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Product Number: Z100142925
Released: Jan 08, 2019
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ISBN: #9781982564841
Narrator/s: Traber Burns
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The dramatic story of the explosive 1894 clash of industry, labor, and government that shook the nation and marked a turning point for America The Edge of Anarchy offers a vivid account of the greatest uprising of working people in American history. 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 US Army was on the march and gunfire rang from the streets of major cities. This epochal tale offers fascinating portraits of two iconic characters of the age. George Pullman, who amassed a fortune by making train travel a pleasure, thought the model town that he built for his workers would erase urban squalor. Eugene Debs, founder of the nation's first industrial union, was determined to wrench power away from the reigning plutocrats. The clash between the two men's conflicting ideals pushed the country to what the US attorney general called "the ragged edge of anarchy." Many of the themes of The Edge of Anarchy could be taken from today's headlines-upheaval in America's industrial heartland, wage stagnation, breakneck technological change, and festering conflict over race, immigration, and inequality. With the country now in a New Gilded Age, this look back at the violent conflict of an earlier era offers illuminating perspectives along with a breathtaking story of a nation on the edge.

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Author(s): Jack Kelly
Narrator(s): Traber Burns
Genre: History
Product Number DD41202
Released: Jan 08, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781982564797
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Author(s): Jack Kelly
Product Number EB00726766
Released: Jan 08, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781250128874

Professional reviews

"Narrator Traber Burns enthusiastically brings listeners into the world of the Pullman sleeping car empire. The focus is on the 1894 conflict between business magnate George Pullman and railroad workers' unions, led by socialist activist Eugene Debs. During the worst economic depression in America to date, Pullman's decision to substantially reduce wages while expecting employees to pay the high costs of living in company towns greatly aggrieved workers. Burns's switch from a straightforward delivery to a staccato intonation when reciting direct quotes from primary sources is jarring. Nonetheless, his deliberate pacing enhances the author's abundant research on these events, including the federal government's ordering of military troops, marches to Washington, blacklisted employees, and union participation by female seamstresses. M.J. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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