The Gilded Age saw Chicago at the national forefront of rail transportation and the labor movement. This study group will focus on the country-wide railroad strike of 1894. You will learn about the people who represented the opposing tensions of this era and the many factors that resulted in the violence that characterized the strike. We will explore how George Pullman and other railroad barons developed and managed the infrastructure that moved commodities, mail, and people across the nation. You will learn how Eugene V. Debs and other labor leaders formed a union representing the railroad work force. You will come to understand the social impact of the ‘Pullman Strike’ and the government’s role in bringing it to an end. The primary resource for this study group is The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America by Jack Kelly (St. Martin's Press, 2018). We will use supplemental materials as needed to enhance our understanding of this significant event not only in the history of Chicago but also as a legacy of big business vs. labor in contemporary times. You can expect to read about 20-25 pages each week.