Pullman Blues

Creator: Hans Huffman
Age rating: Everyone
George Pullman of the Pullman Palace train cars in the 19th century worked his employees like slaves. Nellie Bly goes to investigate the living conditions for the newspaper she works for.
Synopsis: Nelly Bly a real life investigative reporter travels to Pullman Town, Illinois to investigate abusive working conditions at the Pullman Palace Train Company and George Pullman after the result of a large strike that left many people dead. She goes back to New York City and writes a scathing article for The New York World and Joseph Pulitzer.
Nelly Bly a 19th century passionate empowered woman journalist confronted any injustice in New York City. She set the record for a trip around the world, went undercover in an asylum, and worked for Pulitzer at the New York World.
Each story is a standalone story that leads into the next as Nellie confronts and exposes the underbelly of New York City.
In Pullman Blues Nellie Bly exposes cruelties at Pullman Town. In this episode she travels to Pullman Town, Illinois to witness the abuse of power firsthand by George Pullman who runs his town and Pullman Palace train company like a greedy feudal baron with little regard to his employees.
The Pullman Strike was a wildcat nationwide railroad strike in the United States in the summer of 1894. The American Railway Union (ARU) opposed the Pullman Company, the main railroads, and the federal government of the United States under President Grover Cleveland. The strike and boycott halted much the nation's freight and passenger traffic west of Detroit, Michigan and began in Pullman, Chicago. Nearly 4,000 factory employees of the Pullman Company began the strike in response to their wages being lowered and unfair deductions to their checks. More than thirty people were killed.
Nelly Bly – The protagonist is a 19th century passionate empowered woman journalist confronted any injustice in New York City. She set the record for a trip around the world, went undercover in an asylum, and worked for Pulitzer at the New York World. She likes to wear pink petticoats and pink is her favorite color.
Ben Adams – Fellow coworker and the New York World. Muscular and disciplined to the point of being OCD. Mildly opinionated but open to new ideas.
Meg Merrillies – An attractive airhead floozy that insults others without realizing it. Unbeknownst to her she is the daughter of Joseph Pulitzer.
Joseph Pulitzer – The intelligent boss and owner of the New York World. He has a perpetual seven day beard, wears wire rim glasses. He may or may not have a dubious intentions.
Alexander “Clubber” Williams - is an infamous NYPD inspector in post–Civil War New York City; as captain of the precinct on 35th Street, he’s credited with breaking up the fearsome gangs with his rough and tough style of law enforcement using his billy club.
William “Big Bill” Devery - is the Captain of the New York City Police Department and the first police chief in 1898. He was a large man and known for his rough and tumble style of law enforcement.
Clarence Darrow – Famous lawyer and leading member of the ACLU took on many famous and controversial cases including the rights of the Pullman strikers and the Scopes Monkey trial.
Eugene "Gene" Debs - is an American union leader and supporter of the Pullman workers right to strike. He represented industrial workers around the world, and ran for president five times as a candidate of the Socialist Party of America.
Tiny Tim – Poor handicapped boy left to fend for himself in Pullman Town while his mother worked long hours.
Grandpa – Tiny Tim’s grandfather fired from his maintenance job in Pullman Town after twenty years for being too slow. He is killed in Pullman Town by thugs for talking to much.

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