This Day in History – March 25th, 1894

Coxey’s Army was a protest march by unemployed workers from the United States, led by Ohio businessman Jacob Coxey. They departed Massillon, Ohio on March 25th, 1894, the second year of a four-year economic depression that was the worst in United States history to that time, and marched on Washington D.C..

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Officially named the Army of the Commonwealth in Christ, its nickname came from its leader and was more enduring. It was the first significant popular protest march on Washington, and the expression “Enough food to feed Coxey’s Army” originates from this march.

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