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Topics in Chronicling America - Pullman Porters

The Pullman Company established its sleeper cars as a unique and luxurious way to travel, complete with the carefully trained African-American Pullman Porters. Pullman Porters quickly became a staple of the Pullman Sleeping Car experience, often fighting to maintain a balance between good relations with the Pullman company and protesting for better conditions and wages. Read more about it!

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Important Dates:

  • 1867: George Pullman established his company (Pullman Palace Car Co.)
  • 1894: Railroad workers reacted to wage cuts by going on strike and joined the American Railway Union led by Eugene V. Debs
  • 1898: The Illinois Supreme Court forced the Pullman Company to divest ownership in company town, which was annexed to Chicago.
  • 1898: After Pullman's death Robert Todd Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln became company president
  • 1900: Company reorganizes as the Pullman Co.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Pullman Porters, Pullman Palace Car Company (Pullman Palace Car Co.), Pullman Company (Pullman Co.), Pullman Sleeping Cars, Sleeping Car Porters, George Pullman, Pullman strike, Eugene V. Debs, American Railway Union

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