Mere Machines of Labor

Mere Machines of Labor (HMFJI)

Location: Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.449', W 77° 43.837'

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Work in the Smith and Forging Shop that stood here was dirty, smoky, noisy, and dangerous. Worse still, in the early 1800s armorers changed from skilled craftsmen - creating unique handcrafted weapons - into wage laborers tending machines for less pay.

Calling themselves "mere machines of labor" armory workers took their complaints directly to U.S. President John Tyler in 1842. Tyler dismissed them saying the workers "must go home and hammer out their own salvation." Conditions did not improve and armorers kept working in the factories until the armory was destroyed at the start of the Civil War in 1861.
Year Placed2009
Placed ByHarpers Ferry National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 10:45pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 264616 N 4356304
Decimal Degrees39.32415000, -77.73061667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.449', W 77° 43.837'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 26.94" N, 77° 43' 50.22" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 118-198 Potomac St, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, US
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