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Study Guide, Pullman Porters

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American Studies Department Rutgers—The State University Study Guide: “Pullman Porters” 2007 1. What job opportunities were available to African American men in the years following the Civil War? Menial jobs or going back to their slave owners to work. 2. Why did George Pullman choose to hire African American men to work on his luxury rail cars? Hired based on their aptitude as the “perfect slave.” 3. What unusual opportunities, besides a paycheck, did a job as Pullman Porter offer to African American men? It was a job with more pay than the factories and the farms, given a nice uniform, given the opportunity to travel. Always received a paycheck. Respect in community. 4. What was the typical relationship between whites and blacks in American culture in the early 20 th century? What would have been expected? Antagonism and subordination. Little respect, white women ignored porters, treated as non-entities.
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