Lead: In the mid-1890s the United States experienced its greatest economic depression to that time. To relieve the suffering Jacob Sechler Coxey organized an army.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Panic on Wall Street in 1893 led to the closing of hundreds of banks and widespread bankruptcies. Hundreds of thousands of workers were unemployed, nearly two hundred thousand in New York City alone. Many of those who were employed worked for corporations upon whom there was little constraint on the way in which they treated their workers. "Wage Slavery" was a term coined to describe the lot of those employed in dead end, torturous jobs, which paid very little and placed them at the mercy of corporations relentlessly pursuing ever mounting profits during a time of worsening social conditions.