Differences Between Farmers And Industrial Workers

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When the Reconstruction Age from the resolution of the Civil War started coming to a closing, a new age began to commence. This new age was the Gilded Age. The Gilded Age earned its name from the popular writer, Mark Twain. The name meant on the outside, life looked glamorous, but in reality, the underground was corrupt. During the era, the US saw a shift in the way the country operated and became more industrialized. These changes caused farmers and industrial workers to be treated unfairly and have a response to them. Farmers and industrial workers are different in the aspect of power levels they possessed when first protesting and the person that ruled over them. However, the unfair treatment they received and the organizations created to act against the effect of industrialization were similar. Therefore, despite some differences, farmers and industrial workers response toward industrialization were similar. …show more content…

Farmers were abused by the railroad freight fees, the world market’s dramatic drop of commodity prices caused by overproduction, and tariffs for their goods which resulted in the farmers to be continuously be stuck in debt. Industrial workers constantly suffered in poor working conditions and low pay. It was not uncommon for most workers to work more than ten hours a day. They were also faced with job instability. Missing a day of work could easily could get them fired, and if a worker was faced with an injury or sickness they would have to suck it up and continue working because there was no “sick days”. These unfavorable circumstances eventually caused both groups to create organizations to defend their

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