Concepts for Chapter 16’s Primaries: Letters by the STARVING CITIZENS OF PULLMAN, George Pullman, and Governor Altgeld

To help you, this is an abbreviated list of the Concepts for this Unit.

Economic terms:

·         Monopoly

·         Legal devices for monopoly from government

o   Holding company

o   Trust (greater rights of trustees—such as guardians of widows and orphans)

·         Incorporation from state and, with it, limited liability

·         Capital

·         Capitalism

o   Industrial

o   Financial

·         Commodities

·         Competition/market-driven

o   Capitalism favors

o   Monopoly avoids



·         Artisan or craftsman

·         Skilled labor


·         Unskilled laborer

·         Piece worker


Death rate as a laborer:

·         Varied with industry

·         Varied if skilled/unskilled labor


Worker organizations:

·         Industrial union

·         Trade unions

·         Federation of unions


Methods from labor:

·         Boycott

·         Strike

Methods from business

·         Firing grievance committee

·         Strikebreaker or scab

·         Lockout

·         Building modifications (factory as fortress and armory)

·         Pinkertons

·         Injunction

·         State militia

·         Police


·         Bribery of government

·         Lobbying of government




Tensions and public fears:

·         Anarchism

·         Socialism


·         Violence

·         Lynching

·         Rioting

·         Anarchist – bombs

·         Assassination


·         Nativism, nativist

·         Immigrants

·         racism


·         State

o   Governor

o   Assembly or legislature

·         National/federal

o   President

o   Congress
- House of Representatives
- Senate

·         Judiciary/courts
- Supreme Court
- federal courts
- state courts

Company Towns:

Labor in company town pays the employer for:

·         Rent of a tenement

·         Food


Employer also controls:

·         Administration of the town (no voting for local officials of a town)

·         All buildings

·         All political organization

(See pages 584-585)

Economic terms on monetary policy and debtors/creditors:

·         “sound” money – Gold Standard

·         debtor/creditor differences


Panics (meaning?) and business response:

·         Layoffs

·         Wage reductions



·         Roman Catholic

·         Protestants, varied

·         Jews


·         Immigrants from South and South eastern Europe and from Russia

Economic terms on taxes and tariffs and regional differences

·         Tax

·         Tariff


·         Regional and trade difference in response to protective tariff





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