Friday, January 05, 2007


I stumbled on this site yesterday, and it takes me back. I lived within a mile or two of this company town for a time while growing up. It was among the last of such 19th Century towns in the US where companies had constructed everything for employees and provided it to ensure a consistent labor supply. That was an era of different public relations. The company was father, mother, judge and jury. The CEO had complete power over one's economic existence and welfare. That was one reason for the Pullman strike.

There are a few other towns like Scotia that survive. Pullman is still there, and so is Kohler. Most have disappeared or been absorbed, but they are reminders that relationships have changed between companies and employees in America. One wonders if it has always been a change for the better.


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