Working the Rails
Discover the captivating stories of Pullman Porters and modern-day porters in "Working the Rails," written by modern-day porter Jerrold McGhie. From the late 1800s to the 1960s, Pullman Porters played a crucial role in shaping America's transportation system and fighting for civil rights. This book tells their untold stories of hardship and resilience.
Learn about the fight for better wages, working conditions, and labor rights, and explore the lives of modern-day porters who continue the Pullman Porters' legacy. "Working the Rails" is available on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle formats. Order your copy today to experience these unsung heroes' rich and inspiring history.
McGhie traces the origin story of the Pullman Porters, who were initially hired by George Pullman, founder of the Pullman Palace Car Company, to provide high-end service to affluent passengers in the late 19th century. Despite their lowly positions, the Pullman Porters became respected and influential members of the African American community, contributing to the growth of the civil rights movement in America.
Using a combination of personal stories, historical facts, and cultural context, McGhie paints a vivid picture of the remarkable lives of the Pullman Porters. The book also sheds light on the modern-day porters who continue to work on the rails today, sharing their challenges, experiences, and ongoing struggle for better working conditions and wages.
"Working the Rails" is a fascinating read that pays tribute to the resilience and determination of the Pullman Porters and modern-day porters alike. McGhie's compassionate approach to storytelling and meticulous research make this book an essential read for anyone interested in American history and the fight for social justice.