In "Workstyle," you call George M. Pullman "the greatest workstylist of them all." Balderdash! A feudal lord and his serfs would be a more appropriate statement of his activities. To work for Pullman Palace Car Co., a worker was required to live in the Pullman town. Its rental rates were 25% to 30% higher than comparable homes and apartments. Behind the front row of clean-cut houses were shanties built at a cost of $100 and rented for $8 a month. This provided a 40% to 50% return to Pullman. Many workers had to take in boarders or sublease to afford this housing.

When Clarence Darrow wandered through the town in 1894, he found the church padlocked. No Protestant clergyman had been able to afford the rent of $65 a month.

Published on: Apr 1, 1986