“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Who Was the Howling Mob?

Great Railroad Strike of 1877

Who Was the Howling Mob? Marker image. Click for full size.
circa 2007
1. Who Was the Howling Mob? Marker
Inscription. In 1877, the population of Pittsburgh was approximately 120,000. It is estimated that 30,000 people — a full quarter of the city's population — participated in The Great Strike and the rioting that ensued. Roughly half of the rioters were unemployed, this statistic points to the widespread participation of women, children, and adolescent boys. However, the privileged class that controlled the media went to great lengths to portray the rioters as shiftless drifters, tramps and vagabonds. This portrayal masked the widespread outrage felt by average citizens, and served to marginalize their protest against The Pennsylvania Railroad Company. In fact, the most in-depth analysis of the 1877 crowd indicates that a broad cross-section of Pittsburghers actively participated in the riot at the Roundhouse — from members of the professional class to unskilled workers and homemakers to train operators. Moreover, of those arrested or indicted at the Roundhouse, more than three quarters were married and had family in the community.

Today, mainstream media continues to craft biased representations of political and social opposition movements. With multi-million dollar corporations bankrolling academic institutions as well as media outlets, many historians also find it convenient to reinforce erroneous representations in order
Who Was the Howling Mob? Marker image. Click for full size.
By the Howling Mob Society, used with permission, circa 2007
2. Who Was the Howling Mob? Marker
to maintain the dominant power structure.
Erected 2007 by the Howling Mob Society.
Location. 40° 27.008′ N, 79° 59.115′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker is on Penn Avenue 0.1 miles west of 18th Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15222, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. State Violence Incites Rioting (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Desperate and the Decadent (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Menace of the Iron Horse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sixteenth Street Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); August Wilson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Westinghouse Railroad Air Brake (approx. 0.4 miles away); Great Strike Ignites the Nation! (was approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsburgh.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other Great Railroad Strike of 1877 Markers erected by the Howling Mob Society in 2007.
Also see . . .  The Howling Mob Society Website. (Submitted on January 4, 2010.)
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