Pullman Strike

History is ironic, isn't it? In the Pullman strike, federal power thought to protect citizens was used to break the union. What started as a quest for better wages and benefits during an economic crisis was crushed through violence and legal maneuvers by the company. Pupils consider the perspectives of various publications, including newspapers from the strike and compare which papers supported the strikers and which backed the corporation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the jigsaw activity to compare headlines of the Pullman strike for perspective and bias
  • Extend the lesson by examining current newspaper headlines
Classroom Considerations
  • Create a free Stanford History Education Group account to access the materials
  • Activity encourages learners to analyze documents for perspective
  • Resource is a collaborative and engaging activity