George Pullman, railroad baron, tried to create an environment where he could both solve the problem of labor and create a profit in his model town. In his model town, where workers had every amenity but could never get away from the company’s watchful eye, unrest ran below the surface. The economic crisis of 1893 was a breaking point. The workers’ strike derailed his plans and contributed to the rise of the Labor movement and the demise of the company town.
Co-sponsored by the Illinois Labor History Society and the Historic Pullman Foundation this tour explores the relationship between Pullman and the men and women who worked at his factory.
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