Coxey's Army

Title

Coxey's Army

Description

In 1894, economic depression brought more than forty different armies of unemployed workers to Washington, DC. Jacob S. Coxey, a wealthy Populist, led the most well known of these groups. Publicity of the march worried the authorities and 1,500 soldiers were stationed in Washington to meet them. However, when they arrived on May 1, 1894, the “army” numbered only 500. Coxey was prevented from speaking at the US Capitol when he was arrested for walking on the grass. This was the first large scale protest on the National Mall.

Source

History Matters, View Original.

Date

05/01/1894

Coverage

Event Type

Event Sort Date

18940501

Description

In 1894, economic depression brought more than forty different armies of unemployed workers to Washington, DC. Jacob S. Coxey, a wealthy Populist, led the most well known of these groups. Publicity of the march worried the authorities and 1,500 soldiers were stationed in Washington to meet them. However, when they arrived on May 1, 1894, the “army” numbered only 500. Coxey was prevented from speaking at the US Capitol when he was arrested for walking on the grass. This was the first large scale protest on the National Mall.

Date

05/01/1894

Coverage

1890-1919

Source

History Matters, View Original.