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An American Railway Union Strike Halts Cross-Country Trade

In 1894, the American Railway Union organized a national boycott and strike against all trains hauling Pullman Cars in response to a strike called by workers at the Pullman Palace Car Company. The strike spread across the nation. Strikers were met with the full force of company and government might. Thirty-four people were killed in two weeks of clashes between troops and workers across the nation. Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) was President of the ARU. This Harper's Weekly cartoon, like many other published pictures, portrayed Debs as a tyrant paralyzing the country's commerce. Debs later ran for president as a Socialist Party candidate in 1904, 1908, 1912, and 1920.

King Debs
Source | W.A. Rogers, "King Debs," Harper's Weekly, 14 July 1894.
Creator | W. A. Rogers
Item Type | Cartoon
Cite This document | W. A. Rogers, “An American Railway Union Strike Halts Cross-Country Trade,” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed November 19, 2017, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/664.

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