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Eugene V. Debs
25 pages (2009/1908); 184KB downloadWOWIO Books
; ISBN: WOWIO-00517
In 1893 the American Railway Union (ARU) formed, with the aid of Eugene Debs, and attracted many thousands of members.
The ARU included workers at the Chicago Pullman Palace Car facility. Wage cuts there led to a strike in 1894, one that cascaded into an effectual nationwide ARU effort to support the strike by declining to provide labor on trains containing Pullman cars.
Counterattacking, the railroad management had Pullman cars attached to U.S. Mail trains. When ARU members failed to service these trains the government intervened: President Grover Cleveland sent federal troops to protect the mail trains.
Riots ensued as mobs assailed both strikebreakers and troops. Under a court order injunction, the ARU was prohibited from contacting its members.
Consequently, Debs was arrested for violation of this injunction and for mail obstruction and imprisoned for six months in Woodstock, Illinois.
In the end the ARU boycott failed, the Pullman strike was crushed and the union
This speech, given as he was released from the Woodstock jail, presents Debs’ thoughts about liberty, law, government, unions and the railroad corporations.