Pullman Strike Paper

Pullman Strike Paper - February 8, 2008 Paper #1 The...

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February 8, 2008 Paper #1 The Pullman Palace Car Company was a prime manufacturer of railway cars in 19 th century gilded-age America . The workers of the Pullman Company were inhabited inside a town run by Pullman himself . Everything seemed perfect inside the company town of Pullman, Illinois before 1893 . Then, due to extreme conditions inside this town, a strike occurred among the workers of the Pullman Company . The strike was well documented and well known across the nation, and was organized by American Railway Union leader Eugene V . Debs, who was described by Ray Ginger in Altgeld’s America as “a visionary” (Ginger, 153) . Debs echoed the ideals of many small-town people of his day, and pictured a perfect America, one in which everyone got along, and everyone was treated equally . Debs’ sentiments were also echoed by Ginger in Altgeld’s America . Ginger seems to be in agreement with the striking workers . This liberal, pro-union, anti-big business viewpoint was in direct opposition of a capitalist such as George Pullman . Ginger comes to his pro-worker stance after analyzing many injustices that took place within the Pullman company town . He argues that the paternalistic Pullman, in trying to create a perfect society, took away many of the basic rights of his workers and tenants, many of whom (at times up to 72%) were foreign-born,
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