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The Pullman Strike

The Story of a Unique Experiment and of a Great Labor Upheaval

The Pullman Strike of 1894 threatened an entire nation with social and economic upheaval. Describing both its immediate results in business and its far-reaching effects on trade unionism, the author treats the dramatic story of the strike no as an isolated conflict, but as a culminating explosion in labor-capital relations.

Woven into the narrative is the rise and decline of the extraordinary Pullman experiment. To all outward appearances a philanthropic project conceived by a generous employer for his employees, the "model town" of George Pullman developed into a kind of medieval barony, operated with an iron hand. This experiment is carefully traced in all its varying aspects, with emphasis on its contribution to the origin of the strike.

393 pages | 5.30 x 8.00 | © 1943

Chicago and Illinois

History: American History

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
I. Embattled Labor
II. The Pullman Palace Car Company
III. Growth of the Model Town
IV. Paternalism
V. Origin of the Pullman Strike
VI. The American Railway Union and the General Managers’ Association
VII. The Storm Breaks
VIII. Federal Intervention
IX. The Policy of Illinois Officials
X. Progress of the Strike in Chicago
XI. Nation-wide Character of the Struggle
XII. In the Toils of the Law
XIII. Public Opinion and the Press
XIV. Repercussions

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