The owners forced them to live in isolated communities near workshops and forced them to buy goods with high interests. The cities were poorly constructed and crowded with people and residents. The work was also dangerous with not much supervising by the government.Workers, on the other hand, had little or even no bargaining power to leave the unsafe conditions. Nowadays, When Americans only pay attention when extreme work strike, levels of abuse are the norm hidden in the factories around the globe. Although the condition seems much improved, consumers don’t know the true fact- “Today, American citizens simply cannot know the working conditions of the factories that make the products they buy.
After all isn 't it time for revolution? In April of 2015 many fast-food workers were angered by the low wages they were getting paid and protested for higher wages. These workers believed they were not getting fair pay due to where they lived, New York and Los Angeles, where rent is higher. According to Bruce Horovitz and Yamiche Alcindor from USA TODAY, the protesters claimed they needed $15 an hour at the lowest. The protesters want change like the citizens of California want water during a drought.
The underrepresentation of the lowers classes caused them to March on Washington because they were arrested and sent home, being ignored once again by the government. The increasing numbers of the unemployed caused tension between social classes, one example being the march to Washington, led by Jacob Coxey, an American politician from Ohio. They crowd demanded the federal government to pay 500 million dollars to fund public works programs to create jobs, ending with the protest leaders being arrested, and the crowd being sent home. Wilson-Gorman Tariff (1894)- The Wilson-Gorman tariff is on the first level of good because the government finally recognized the lower class struggle, and provided financial help to those in debt. The Wilson-Gorman Tariff was a response to the government borrowing 65 million dollars from J.P. Morgan, in order to stop the “gold drain”, after Cleveland removed the Sherman Silver Purchase, which the people interpreted as the government favoring rich eastern bankers.
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.
The legislature abolished slavery and other forms of involuntary services in the United States. All African Americans living within the boundaries of the nation would be set free. Following the thirteenth amendment, two amendments were added to the Constitution. In 1865, the fourteenth amendment granted citizenship to all people who were born in the United States. In 1869, the fifteenth amendment guaranteed that Americans would not be denied the right to vote based on their race.
In 1902 the coal workers of Pennsylvania went on strike, demanding a twenty percent pay raise and their workday to be reduced by one hour. This left the country facing a coal shortage, and the president debating whether or not he should intervene. Though he had no official authority on the matter, Roosevelt decided to step in when heating shortages become more evident. Inviting both the mine owners and the union representatives to meet with him in the White House, Roosevelt was in full support of the miners. When management refused to negotiate, Roosevelt threatened to seize the mines and use troops to force them to run as a federal operation.
With the amount of new workers in the industries, harsh laws punished those who were late or absent to work or didn’t meet company quotas. In some extreme cases these crimes were punished with execution. Managers were responsible for meeting targets and if they failed to do so they too could face death sentences. The focus on heavy industry and arms saw that workers lacked basic consumer goods such as clothes and shoes. The disregard for human well-being left the Soviet economy unbalanced, and once again they were behind their competitors in the West, who now had focuses on consumer based goods and services (Harris, 2013).
In 1869, Congress passed the fifteenth amendment stating that no citizen can be denied the right to vote because of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” To destroy the confederacy and make the south rejoin the union, extreme legal measures such as passing amendments needed to be taken by the government to affirm Union’s power over the south. The government also successfully being able to pass these amendments created a less discriminatory society and helped the south ease their beliefs on slavery, so that it could be easier for them to reunite with the
In the same year, similar kinds of Jim Crow laws came about called which they called ¨black codes¨. Before the Civil War, both races could work side by side, but as long as the slave knew his place. In 1877 the Supreme Court ruled a case called Hall vs. DeCuir which states how blacks could not share common carries such as railroads or streetcars. The Louisiana Separate Car Act marked a remarkable impact for black or mixed-raced citizens in the states of Louisiana. As years went on laws came and gone, but over all blacks and white were finally as equal as white women and white men.
Poverty and deprivation were common within the Black community as the government did not offer them good jobs nor profit them in anyway. Malcolm X stated that after elections, the government employed a few Black individuals big jobs to make it seem like they cared however, they already had jobs and chose to not offer them to those living in poverty. According to Malcolm X, everyone in the room, despite having jobs was still not able to make enough money for their necessities. Only if everybody's cash was accumulated would it appear like there was a large amount of money. Consequently, it continued to keep the Whites superior to Blacks.
Railroad Strike of 1877 1877 In the late nineteenth century, the railroad industry was booming. But it’s growth was followed by labor arguments, including the Great Railroad Strike of 1877. This strike was the first major rail strike, and it was disputed with enough violence to bring in various state militias. The Strike began when northern railroads cut salaries and wages because they still felt the impact of the Panic of 1873. The cuts were met with strikes and violence, but the railroads fought back with even more pay cuts, like the Pennsylvania Railroad lowering all wages by ten percent.
Many different attempts were taken by the laboring-class Americans but they were more successful uniting to become one. To obtain an eight hour work day, paid sick days, health care, sanitary conditions, and higher pay. Politically the first largest American labor union was formed during the Gilded Age the historical context of this document is the Boston Tea Party that took place in December 1773 as a colonial defiance by the Sons of Liberty to protest against taxation they dumped the tea as a violent act just
Farmers, workers, and local reformers organized the change in Gilded Age but fail to achieve substantive because the government respond with force to prevent labor difficulties. Most industrialists sought to crush the unions but were not satisfied. Plus, farmers, workers, and local reformers take advantage of the new technologies but it backfired them with falling prices for their produce. Many Americans reunite due to the labor contracts of freedom and the power in the workplace. For most workers, economic insecurity remained a basic fact of
Workers were exploited as it was few rules about how much a person could be paid and what factors would go towards being fired. Also many jobs were extremely dangerous and if you died there was no compensate for your family. And the amount of money generated by the Industrial Revolution created a class of rich individuals who were hopelessly
The Progressive Movement fought against all forms of injustice. It came to be to fight against corrupt politics, political machines, “robber barons” and big business, poor working conditions in the more industrialized America, poor living conditions for the poor and middle class in the more urbanized society, etc. Women’s Suffrage, child labor reform, social reform i.e. discrimination, banking and labor reform, and the desire for prohibition helped promote and influence this movement as well. Their goals were aligned with said causes.