Philadelphia Transit Strike Touches Off Riots
February 21, 2010 | 2:00 am
The Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co. declared the strike over April 5, 1910.
|Feb. 21, 1910: Striking transit workers in Philadelphia dynamite a streetcar and burn or wreck two dozen more. Many strikebreakers brought in from New York are beaten by mobs, which also attack police officers. |
March 13, 1910: The Times editorializes against the Philadelphia transit strike and attacks AFL founder Samuel Gompers, who was called a “labor despot” in an accompanying story. All of this helps set the stage for The Times bombing in October 1910.