Coxey's Army: Camp Tyranny (1894)

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Washington, DC, US

Category: Labor Struggles/History

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Following their confrontation with police at the Capitol on May 1, 1894 -- in which their leader was arrested and many of the marchers beaten by police -- Coxey's followers set up "Camp Tyranny" at the site of a cleaned-up dump. They remained here for two weeks, drilling, protesting and playing baseball, until the camp was closed in mid-May by public health officials. The "Commonwealers" then moved on to a succession of camps in Hyattsville, Bladensburg (MD) and Roslyn (VA) before they were eventually driven out by militia on August 11.