In chapter 15, “Self-Help in Hard Times”, Zinn’s overarching point is that unity among workers was not simple to achieve, and that white supremacy was a powerful, deadly force after the war. To support and further discuss these concepts, Zinn points out how relations between the American Federation of Labor and the Industrial Workers of the World were often tense, how city life often changed drastically during times of strike, and how immigration laws during the twenties began to favor Anglo-Saxons. One such way Zinn showcases these ideas is by describing how drastically life changed for cities when workers went on strike, hoping for an increase in their wages. As the strike continued on throughout February of 1919, Zinn recalls how all services, except for those that were consider essential to daily life, ceased. This was most likely due to the fact that when the shipyard workers decided they must go on strike in order to be heard, they did not wish to make the lives of other working men and women like themselves any harder than they needed to be, so they set up ways that services such as the fire department continued running.
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. We cannot know how the chemicals, tools, and technologies in these workplaces affect workers.”(In the Global Apparel Industry, Abusive and Deadly Working Conditions Are Still the Norm)-many workers have to inhale harmful gases, face dangerous situation everyday. More, reports indicate that women make up the vast majority of the workforce, but men make up the supervisors, which is the same as what happened in the Gilded Age. “The darker side of the growing population in cities was racial tension and
However, due the fact that they are employees for the U.S federal government at that time in the 1900s it is illegal for unions whom work for the federal government to go on strike. During the 70s PATCO still went on ahead to strike up against the (FAA) which stands for the Federal Aviation Administration which the PATCO strikers worked for. The PATCO workers went on strike over many things that would be fair to fight for as any other unions would being wages along with working conditions. Once the PATCO negotiators agreed on a contract that if it were to be approved by congress would give workers great pay raises, increased severance pay, an enhanced voice in operating, also a voice in safety in making policy. The contract was rejected and
In both texts, Ray Bradbury and Andrew Niccol display repression of individuality, however, oppression and discrimination play a huge role in Fahrenheit 451 and Gattaca. The novel Fahrenheit 451 demonstrates discrimination through the government, enabling strict controls, to ensure no one in the society behaves differently. This is highlighted through fireman’s “burning books”, “the mechanical hound” which is used for physical control if individuals in the society don’t accept the governments rules, Furthermore, Captain Beatty who is the head honcho fireman states” not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal”, This demonstrates how everyone is equal however, due to governmental control individuals have
In the beginning of his speech Kennedy uses words like “unjustifiable,” and, “a responsible,” to show how he feels about the actions of the leading steel corporations. Later in his speech Kennedy uses the phrase “ruthless disregard of their public responsibilities,” to show his complete disagreement with the steel corporations and their decision to unreasonably raise the steel prices in America. By using negative words Kennedy is able to clearly get his opinion across to the audience of the press conference. In his speech there are many more examples of diction with the way he uses specific words. Most of these words happen to be negatively charged at the Steel Industries.
King Coal was another novel that really shows the inhumane treatment of workers. The protagonist, Hal, is beaten by the company guards near the beginning of the novel under suspicion of being a strike-leader, and the company is shown time and time again to care very little about its workers – when an explosion happens in the mines, the company focuses more on saving the equipment than saving its workers. King Coal, however, did not incite the public outrage that The Jungle did, and again, the unions were primarily responsible for change in the coal mining industry. However, the novel did, perhaps in a more relatable way than The Jungle, expose the public to the evils of “wage slavery”, which Sinclair would surely appreciate. Two years after
As President John F. Kennedy condemns companies for raising steel prices in his speech, he also appeals to the sacrifice and collective responsibility in order to rally up the audience towards the ostensible cause of outrage. From the beginning, John F. Kennedy, includes himself in the aggrieved society of everyday Americans by using first person “we” (7). The sacrifices of “185 million Americans” (20) are burdened by him as well. Even though Kennedy has sided with them he then brings into account a privileged group of steel executives and separates them from the others. He places them in a U.S versus steel executives standpoint, which critically justifies the contempt and righteous indignation that Kennedy throws upon the steel companies.
During the era of Fascism 1930 and the great depression a lot of American thousands of Americans joined the communist party. Dalton trombone news reporter (or script writer) movie crews walking out to receive higher wages. Dalton Trumbo (he was also a war correspondent Okinawa in) classified a registered communist to the government all communist were also classified as dangerous radicals. Trumbo and his friends discusses how the government doesn 't respect the first amendment and congress thinks that if you’re for the war you’re a hero and if you’re against the war YOUR A TRAITOR. Trumbo wanted everyone to know that congress has no right to investigate how we vote, what we think how we pray and what we put in our movies.
Kennedy is infuriated that corporation increased, “steel prices by some 6 dollars a ton.” JFK speaks in an indignant tone towards the steel executives expressing they plan on “purchasing power.” Kennedy is using a confused tone to fathom why “the recent settlement...both parties understood” was not fulfilled. As JFK questions, “each American...and steel companies” he received completely different answers in “24 hours.” Kennedy is worried for the future of Americans considering corporate is being very insensitive. Considering Americans are willing to, “leave their homes and families… and servicemen to risk their lives” shows corporation do not care what impact it leaves on them. He holds companies accountable of having a plan to pursue “private power” while not showing interest in 185 million American lives. Kennedy intends on grasping the attention of these steel corporations in order to explain how the rise in steel prices will not only affect the people but also others involved in the money
The workers believe that if they go against the management in large groups, they might be strong enough to gain a say in their workplace decisions. The management do not want their workers to go on strikes and not work. In addition, there were a lot of opposition, against the leader and against the way the things were. Some workers of the Knights of Labor had struck the Gould system, for the second time, by participating in the general strike. A couple of days later, when there was a bomb explosion, labor activism of every kind suffered a setback, and the Knights of Labor were particularly singled out for