FC: Eugene V. Debs by Cassie Cook
1: Eugene V. Debs was born on November 5th 1855, Eugene left school early to become a railroad painter. During those years was the first time he became in tune with the perils and hardships of railroad workers. | Though he was a part of many conservative union groups he felt that there needed to be a change. So he helped for the American Railroad Union, a more confrontational union, in order to seek better conditions and pay for the railroad workers. The most famous of the ARU strikes was the Pullman strike, or Debs Rebellion
2: The Pullman Strike Starting in 1894 the Pullman strike was an open boycott of all Pullman shipments and any container connected to a Pullman container in hopes this would bring the railworker's 28% pay decrease back up. The Strike started in Chicago and moved to St. Louis and was thought to be doing well until US government broke it up killing 13 strikers and throwing Debs in jail for contempt of court.
4: Debs sought social reform for men working on the railroads that really never before had their fair share of rights. Debs and his trial helped bring light to the plea of the railway workers leading to better pay for these men. | In 1904 Debs stopped leading a life of social reform for that of politics. He ran four times for the presidency with the Socialist Party and later being jailed for speaking avidly against World War I. While taking some time in the middle to form the Industrial Workers of the World. Debs died in 1926.
5: Sources " Eugene V. Debs | Biography." Kansas Heritage Group | Established 1993 | Kansas (KS) History, Old WestKS, Cities, Museums, Art, Racing, Cowboy Cooking, Laughead Web | www.kansasheritage.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Feb. 2011.