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The Controversial History of America's Company Towns

Are they really as utopian as their proponents claim?

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  • Brookside, Kentucky, a coal mining company town.Photo Credit: Wikipedia
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  • A guard watches over a company town in Alabama, 1937.

    Photo Credit: Library of Congress
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  • Workers leaving the Pullman Palace Car Works, 1893. This photo first appeared in a promotional booklet praising George Pullman's paternalistic labor policies.

    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons