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Pullman and Roseland Today

Pullman stands apart from the rest of Chicago both for its remarkably cohesive architectural plan and for its national significance. Industrialist George Pullman foundedhis company town to provide laborers with an idyllic community adjacent to his Pullman Palace Car Works complex—a paternalistic utopia of American capitalism. However, in 1894,the town became the site of a tense confrontation between striking workers and state and federal troops called in by the U.S. government to quash the uprising. The strike was not immediately successful, but did lead to the legal recognition of Labor Day, as well as the eventual formation of the International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first black labor union chartered by the American Federation of Labor (founded 30 years after Pullman’s white factory workers had excluded black porters from their strike). Absorbed by the City of Chicago in 1889, Pullman today encompasses the Pullman National Monument district as well as larger areas to the west of Lake Calumet and north to 95th Street, which urbanized throughout the mid−20th century. In this video-enhanced trail, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives president David Doig discusses recent historic rehabilitation and housing development work in and aroundthe community. The video also includes a brief presentation and tour of the S. Michigan Avenue corridor in Roseland, led by Alderman Anthony A. Beale. Content supported by and developed in partnership with Leadership Greater Chicago, online at lgcchicago.org. Production by Video Parachute, online at videoparachute.com.

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