Book Launch: Jack Kelly - "The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America"

Event date: 
Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572


Join one of history's greatest storytellers - Jack Kelly - to launch his new book - The Edge of Anarchy which tells the dramatic story of the explosive 1894 clash of industry, labor, and government that shook the nation and marked a turning point for America.

Many of the themes of The Edge of Anarchy could be taken from today’s headlines―upheaval in America’s industrial heartland, wage stagnation, breakneck technological change, and festering conflict over race, immigration, and inequality. The Edge of Anarchy offers a vivid account of the greatest uprising of working people in American history. At the pinnacle of the Gilded Age, a boycott of Pullman sleeping cars by hundreds of thousands of railroad employees brought commerce to a standstill across much of the country. Famine threatened, riots broke out along the rail lines. Soon the U.S. Army was on the march and gunfire rang from the streets of major cities. This epochal tale offers fascinating portraits of two iconic characters of the age. George Pullman, who amassed a fortune by making train travel a pleasure, thought the model town that he built for his workers would erase urban squalor, and Eugene Debs, founder of the nation’s first industrial union, who was determined to wrench power away from the reigning plutocrats.

"Pay attention, because The Edge of Anarchy not only captures the flickering Kinetoscopic spirit of one of the great Labor-Capital showdowns in American history, it helps focus today’s great debates over the power of economic concentration and the rights and futures of American workers." ―Brian Alexander, author of Glass House

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