History_21__Grant_editorial__Pullman___L

History_21__Grant_editorial__Pullman___L - History 21 -...

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History 21 ---- CONTEMPORARY ARTICLE ON THE PULLMAN STRIKE The following are excerpts from an August 1894 magazine article commenting on the larger significance of the Pullman strike. Thomas Burke Grant, “PULLMAN AND ITS LESSONS .” [Source: American Journal of Politics , August 1894 ; this article was found through use of the American Periodical Series on-line data base] _______________________________________________________________________ _ “To many people who looked on from a distance at the [recent] scenes enacted in Chicago, it was simply incomprehensible how, after a winter of acute suffering, and in the midst of still dull times, so large a body of men responded to the American Railway Union, and dwelling over a range of country extending from the Ohio to the Pacific, should, for any but the gravest injustice, throw down their tools and stop all the arteries of transcontinental commerce. Was it that the people were malicious and acting, as alleged, from purposes of wanton mischief, or even from a desire to dictate terms to their masters? Were they disloyal, or did they intend to precipitate a crisis and endanger the institutions of the country? By no means. The masses of workingmen are law-abiding, honest people, quite as loyal and as patriotic as the average of their employers…. . The causes of the strike must not, therefore, be attributed to any perversity of
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