Kings, Knights, and Pawns: Black Coal Miners and Racial Conflict in Washington Territory
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Anthropology and Museum Studies
Although the stalemate at Roslyn was certainly not unique, it is noteworthy because it was the first time the railroad used black laborers to break a strike in the Northwest. To understand the significance of this event, we must examine the histories of the Knights of Labor and the Kings of Capital, their motives, and their strategies in labor disputes. Both were showing signs of wear from constant warring over wages and conditions, and both were well aware of the other's tactics. What is not clear, however, is how many of the African American men on the train that began its journey in Illinois, bound for Roslyn, knew they were being employed to break a strike.
Hall, Raymond A. "Kings, Knights, and Pawns: Black Coal Miners and Racial Conflict in Washington Territory." The Pacific Northwest Quarterly 105, no. 2 (2014): 85-96.
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