The Pullman Strike
George Pullman started out with humble beginnings and although
he denied having dreams; he had vision. The vision was to make travel in
rail cars more comfortable which would benefit not just the avid traveler
but himself as well.
He started out working for his older brother and quickly developed a business
sense with a knack of looking at an item be it a building or in this case railcar and
and made it work easier if not better.
The idea of the Pullman Railcar manifested when George was traveling and had
the uncomfortable experience of sleeping or the lack thereof in a train he
traveled in one night. After this very bumpy and unrest fully experience Pullman
thought he could design a more comfortable car for night travel and increase
his financial worth.
In 1867 The Pullman Palace Car Company was founded. The Pullman
Enterprise was such a success that Pullman was able to purchase land to build a
Town for his employee’s complete with schools, churches, and libraries;
Although only those that were able to afford the fee were able to utilize the
library. Pullman not only owned the land he owned the homes, gas and water
to live in. Therefore any immoral products where not allowed in this town such as
bars or brothels. This was to insure corruption would not find its way to the town
and seemed to be a heart felt plan however it would soon be found Mr. Pullman
was only looking out or his enterprise and not of his employees .
After several years of success, business slowly begin to decline and as
business slowed Pullman began to cut wages and reduce hours. There were a
total of five salary...