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Oral History Interview with Loy Connelly Cloniger, June 18, 1980. Interview H-0158. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Former mechanic and streetcar foreman Loy Connelly Cloniger recalls the 1919 Charlotte streetcar strike by the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. He was present for a shooting that killed five strikers, though as night foreman, he did not participate in the strike. The strike accomplished nothing: soon after the shooting the strikers returned to work without the raise they demanded. Though perhaps not useful as a source of detailed information about the strike, this interview could be important as an eyewitness account of the 1919 strike and first-hand memories of streetcar work in early twentieth-century Charlotte.
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  • Shooting at the 1919 streetcar strike in Charlotte
  • Relationship between strikers, strikebreakers, and textile workers
  • Workers strike for more money
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  • Subjects
  • Railroads--North Carolina--Employees
  • Strikes and lockouts--Street-railroads
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