Those Pullman Blues
by David D. Perata 1996, 2014
Those Pullman Blues relates the experience of the African American porters of the Pullman Company through interviews with several of the men who served the company in its heyday.
Their tales of what it was like to be a black man on a white man's railroad range from the shocking to the inspiring.
Two interviewees tell stories about their work on the Rexall Train.
The book was first published in 1996, and again in 2014.
In her review of the book, Coretta Scott King says "David Perata has lovingly evoked the dignity, character and courage of the black working men who made railroads a vital American industry. He also reveals the ruthless exploitation and mistreatment of these remarkable men at the hands of the Pullman Company and tells the inspiring story of their valiant struggle for justice, decent wages and working conditions, led by the great A. Philip Randolph."
The 208 page book is available directly from David Perata Studios.