Coxey's Army gathering on a main street
Coxey's Army gathering on a main street

In 1894, Jacob S. Coxey brought a large group of workers together to march on the White House. He did this because he wanted the government to create jobs for the unemployed. As they were marching, many were arrested for walking on the grass and carrying illegal posters. While marching they sung a song that mocked the government for being more anxious about its lawn than their citizens.



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