Frontier’s last gasps

 

Carpenter joined the US Army on Sept 14, 1889, at Fort Robinson, Neb. From 1885 through 1907 the majority of the troops stationed at Fort Robinson were African American. There is an extensive commentary on the Fort by the Nebraska State Historical Society.

Here is Coxey’s Army on the way to Washington D.C. to demand jobs in 1894. Livingston played an important part in the great American Railway Strike, because it was an important division point of the Northern Pacific. The first train was held up here on June 27. For 13 days, no train passed through town. It was July 11 when the strike was called off.  [site]

Coxey’s Army was a protest march by unemployed workers from the United States, led by the populist Jacob Coxey. They marched on Washington D.C. in 1894, the second year of a four-year economic depression that was the worst in United States history to that time.

Carpenter & friend

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