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Working on the Line

James Wolfinger

in Running the Rails: Capital and Labor in the Philadelphia Transit Industry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501702402
eISBN:
9781501704239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702402.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter considers Philadelphia's transit workers: their daily work, their relations with the system's owners, and their early efforts at unionization. Transit workers faced harsh conditions on ... More


Time of Troubles

James Wolfinger

in Running the Rails: Capital and Labor in the Philadelphia Transit Industry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501702402
eISBN:
9781501704239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702402.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter situates transit workers' experience and the great strikes of 1909 and 1910 in broader social currents. The construction of the Market Street Subway nearly bankrupted the Philadelphia ... More


Running the Rails: Capital and Labor in the Philadelphia Transit Industry

James Wolfinger

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501702402
eISBN:
9781501704239
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702402.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Philadelphia exploded in violence in 1910. The general strike that year was a notable point, but not a unique one, in a generations-long history of conflict between the workers and management at one ... More


Advances Hard Won and Well Deserved

James Wolfinger

in Running the Rails: Capital and Labor in the Philadelphia Transit Industry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501702402
eISBN:
9781501704239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702402.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This concluding chapter explains that Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's (SEPTA) problems were not a function of bad management or inept politicians so much as a reflection of ... More


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