Farmers and workers joined together for mutual aid and eventually mounted a resistance to the overwhelmingÂ concentration of power in the hands of “the Men of Industry”.
George Pullman “Testimony before the U.S. Strike Commission”, 1894 [Document 17.6] is representative of the voice of wealth and power. Mr. Pullman was jealous of his prerogatives and refused third-party arbitration during the strike.
We hear the voiceÂ of Eugene Debs, “On Radicalism”, 1902 [Document 17.7] explaining how the Pullman Strike provided his first practical lesson in Socialism.
Imagine yourself the moderator of a televised debate. You pose a question to Debs and Pullman. â€œDo you believe the workers who built these Pullman passenger cars should have the right to bargain as a unionÂ for their wages and working conditions?”
Choose who responds first. How would each replyÂ to the other’s response? (for example D then P, D then P)
Use details from the documents to support their positions.