The Pullman War

On this day in 1894, the Pullman Palace Car Company was embroiled in what proved to be one of the most bitter strikes in American history. The strike was a direct response to company chief George Pullman and his hardball tactics, most notably his decision in the midst of the Depression of 1893 to preserve profits by slashing wages and hiking up workers' rents. A band of frustrated employees begged Pullman to ease rents and restore wages, but he did nothing of that sort. Later the workers fired back at their avaricious boss by calling a strike.