Silent Film from 1919 Shows New York City Chaos in the Midst of a Massive Transit Strike

The Steel Strike of 1919 was ordered by the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers with the purpose of organizing the Steel Industry prior to World War I. Beginning in early September, local groups of wire drawers, house men, tube workers, blast furnace men and other steel-related industrial jobs joined the strike that lasted until January of 1920. This silent film, released on September 18th, 1919, shows the chaos that followed the strike as thousands of New York City commuters attempt to get home from Midtown Manhattan.

The title screen reads:

New York - The Struggle to Get Home - when the tube men struck, was just as arduous a task as over here!

via British Pathé

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