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Road Shows at their peak

420 companies toured the United States and Canada.  Because sets and scenery were usually constructed in larger metropolitan areas, such as New York and Philadelphia, a gradual division of skills resulted.

Abuses were prevalent.  Road shows employed non-union crews, paying them little and working them long hours.  When strikes were undertaken, there was conflict between local membership, the road stagehands, and unscrupulous workers who would come from other cities to break the strike, sometimes from Alliance local unions themselves.