The Pullman Strike of 1894: Turning Point for American Labor Essay

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George Pullman was not always believed to be a cruel boss. George Pullman started off believing that anyone could be successful if they worked hard enough. But as his business grew, he took this belief too far, furthering his own company by working his employees hard, treating his employees like slaves. There were many factors included in how the Pullman strike started. George Pullman and the company’s treatment of employees, how the town of Pullman, Illinois reacted to their treatment, other strikes that led up to the Pullman employee unhappiness and their reaction, the Pullman Strike.
From a young age, George Pullman had a very positive attitude towards life. He was born in 1831 near Buffalo, New York (Burgan). Pullman was one of ten
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His next stop was with the Woodruff Sleeping Car Company. Woodruff Sleeping Car Company was making his idea, a sleeping car (Burgan). The Woodruff Sleeping Car Company accepted Pullman as a worker, but the company did not satisfy him because the company’s sleeping car was not how he envisioned it. Due to his dissatisfaction, he left the company and headed to Colorado for the gold rush (Laughlin). But he never forgot his idea of the ideal sleeping car. Eventually, George Pullman came back to Chicago. The Pullman Palace Car Company opened on February 22, 1867 and started manufacturing a variety of cars (Burgan).
While George’s initial idea was to create sleeper cars, the Pullman Company made many more types of cars. These included passenger cars such as dining cars, reclining room cars, private cars, hotel cars and his original idea, the sleeper car (Laughlin). While the Pullman Company created so many different types of cars, they were all easily distinguishable, since all Pullman cars were green (Laughlin). People would later recognize the color as “Pullman Green” when they saw it.
Crucial to the success of each type of car, was the idea vestibule. The Pullman Company improved the vestibule, which connected the cars together. A vestibule is hallway like structure that you must walk through to reach each car. The improvements made the connections between train cars covered and safe.(Fisher). By doing this, it allowed the passengers a better way of going from
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