Odds are though, businesses that exploit such labor are being supported in every shopping trip a person takes whether it be shopping for groceries, clothes, jewelry, or athletic gear. And, unfortunately, it’s more prevalent in America than many may believe. When defining what exactly a sweatshop is and what it consists of, there are many forms that it has taken over the many decades of America’s existence. The basic definition of a sweatshop is a factory in which its employees, many being children, are exploited; working long hours in extreme cases of hazardous and unhealthful conditions for little pay. Despite the fact this is a
Often times a worker 's wages are often too low to feed a family, the factory air is often filled with chemicals and many managers refuse to let sick employees leave work to get medical attention. At many factories, labor rights advocates say, managers have improved ventilation, stopped hitting workers, and have stopped requiring workers to obtain permission before going to the toilet. The anti-sweatshop movement has put many apparel makers, like the Gap and Kathie Lee Gifford, on the defensive by bombarding companies with letters, holding sit-ins at colleges and picketing in front of stores. Many apparel industry executives say that they are encouraged to turn to substandard factories, because shoppers are always hunting for bargains, so they face intense pressure to produce goods as cheaply as possible. In one noteworthy move made by Nike and its rival Reebok was to require the many Asian factories that produce for them to stop using petroleum-based adhesives that cause damage to the liver, kidney and central nervous system in favor of safer water-based adhesives.
The Gilded saw America 's economy boom. Steel, oil, and railroads played a crucial role in this economic boom. Owners of the biggest companies, Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, and Carnegie, were the ones who industrialized our nation. Their industrial impacts were both positive and negative. Right after the Civil war, America was rebuilding itself.
On a Sadler Commision report on child labor it is stated to us the horrifying inhumane conditions that the children were put through everyday. They suffered from low pay even after working for long hours, treated with cruelty and violence even when they were working their hardest, and most importantly they had no time for education. In both interviews the machinery were said to be very unsafe, polluted, tight, and extremely dirty. In addition to that life threatening injuries were common because the factories were not kept clean and with everyone crammed into one small, closed, hot space to work, diseases were easy to catch. (The Industrial Revolution 145-147) According to Perry, Capitalism caused many people hardship and pain especially the working class who suffered pay cuts because machines were starting to replace human power.
Human labor is an essential source of economic growth and the more labor contributes, the more of an economic production. During the Industrial Revolution which took place in the 18th and 19th Century which was known as the transition of new manufacturing processes, proves how factories took the full advantage of human labor and unfortunately, set aside workers rights. With this in mind, this labor force was made up of children under the age of 12 , millions of newly arrived immigrants, and a huge number of families migrating from different rural areas[some where unskilled workers] to an urban society, to see what life there can offer, and in hopes of having a job security, prosperity, and most of all, the idea of the American Dream. For this reason, as factories were being built, businesses were in need of workers, which is why people were willing to work as long as they got paid to support their families and keep in mind that factories were not always the best place to work. With this in mind, with the dream of a better life, many unskilled immigrants who migrated from different rural areas relocated to different areas to find work.
People were afraid and concerned since they had a major insufficiency of jobs, supplies and shelter. Many companies began to enforce wage cutbacks and increased workload. Relief was not being offered to all the unfortunate Canadians who did not have a job. Many people were laid off from factories which meant that supplies were scarce as not many people could afford to provide for their family’s, people turned to the government to find a solution. I believe that their expectations were much too high as the government was struggling too.
Children who do not have money are more likely to work at places that are very harmful. For example, “Places such as agriculture, mining, and construction all lead to poverty related health problems” (“Hunt”). Children work hard in these types of places because they have no other option to earn their way of living at such a young age. Poverty related health problems such as “Malnutrition, fatigue, and anemia can increase the risks of permanent disabilities and premature death” (“Hunt”). There has to be another option for a child rather than to be put into child labor.
Workhouses in Victorian England The Victorian era was an extremely harsh and dreadful time because people were without jobs, electricity, and even transportation. Workhouses were invented for those who had had no income or place to live. They earned themselves a place to stay by performing certain jobs in the workhouse. In these workhouses were different groups of people, from orphans to disabled elderly and even widowed mothers. Often prisoners and wrongdoers were sent to workhouses as punishment.
In the early twentieth century the United States went through a emense growth due to the amount of jobs that were avalibale for people through industralization like railroads, coal mining, and steel. Industralization pushed farming aside and independent agriculture and instead focused on factory production as the new way for the economy and draw more people towards a new working class. Industralization influenced many Americans because they were “ Drawn to factories by the promise of employement, a new working class emerged in these years, between 1870 and 1920, almost 11 million Americans moved from farm to city, and another 25 million immgrants arrived from overseas”(Foner, 2017). Industralization was a huge part of peoples everyday lives and was essential that people work so that products can be made and be carried out by city to city. Americans were influenced by the new series of technological innovations that were