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Coxey's Army

In 1893, Jacob Sechler Coxey, mayor of Massillon, Ohio, and some 20,000 men and women began a march to Washington, DC to demand public building programs -- mainly railroads -- for the nation's unemployed. Some 600 protesters persisted through the length of the trek and,on May 1, 1894, "Coxey's army" reached Washington and marched along Pennsylvania Avenue. Before "General" Coxey could deliver a historic speech, however, he was arrested by District police -- for walking on the grass.

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