The Devil in the White City

by Erik Larson

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What historical reference appears on page 323 of The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson?

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The major historical reference on this page is to the Pullman Strike of 1894.  The strike was connected to the Panic of 1893.

On this page, Larson refers to one of the major causes of the Pullman Strike.  In 1894, the effects of the panic were still being felt.  The Pullman Company was cutting wages for its workers and was even laying workers off.  Most of the workers lived in the company town of Pullman.  The company owned their homes but did not lower their rents when it lowered their pay or laid them off.  The workers felt this was very unfair and that helped cause the strike.  The strike ended up as a very violent affair that spread to many parts of the country.  This is the most important historical reference on this page.

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