Farmers are trying to reason with the landowners, their whole community is out of money and are struggling to make a living. Grapes of Wrath show the unfair working situations that migrants face when they arrive in California. Land Owners are the most wealthy and powerful having the ability to pay their workers a poor wage. In the Grapes of Wrath, many Americans lose their homes, jobs and life savings, forcing them to move and leave behind their land in hopes of finding a prosperous place to live. The Great Depression (1929-1939) was the worst, deepest and longest lasting economic collapses in the industrialized western world.
John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men is a tale of two itinerant workers trying to achieve a shared dream in the dust bowl region of the United States during the Great Depression. In the decade preceding, the 1920s, women had gained rights and defied societal standards, but were still not considered as equals to men. As the decade turned, this inequality remained, perhaps worsened by the Great Depression. The severe economic recession rendered many working class men jobless, and therefore powerless as they were no longer supplying their household income. The only way they could have exerted ‘power’ and maintained their position in society was to assert dominance over women through derogatory behavior that was widely accepted (history).
Abraham Lincoln. ** These last famous words: ”Of the people , by the people, for the people”, are used to define democracy and was even adapted by the second article of the constitution of The Fifth French Republic. Lincoln wanted to change the course of events making war a battle against slavery and obtain support for The Union, both outside the country and inside. He always felt that slavery was deplorable. From his childhood in Indiana in a old hut, suffered poverty and hard agricultural working from the beginning of his live , because he was abused by his father forced him to work on the land , having contact with the slaves , he immediately put in their place.
Adam Davidson introduces Maddie, a young woman who embodies the insecurity of living near the edge of the economy. It is ignorant to ignore that robotic arms and machines are replacing people on the factory floor. People who work in factories live in constant fear of being replaced. Davidson analyzes what is happening to manufacturing in the U.S. and what the future holds for people who still make physical things for a living, and lack higher education. The author says that the myth is a lie because these people that struggle and are unlucky early in life do not have equal opportunity to be successful and move up the social ladder.
They worked long hours, generally six days a week, and their wages were barely enough to sustain a family. The factories were unsafe and many workers suffered permanent injuries. Unions and strikes were illegal, making improvements for workers impossible. Marx and Engels defined these workers, the proletariat, as “a class, of laborers, who live only so long as they find work, and who find work only so long as their labor increases capital.” The proletariat was the foundation of Russia’s industry. Yet, Tsar Nicholas II refused to acknowledge their grievances, nor did he implement measures to improve their working conditions.
Not only were laborers conscripted into these extremely dangerous harsh conditions by their need to feed their families, they were barely paid enough to keep themselves and their families alive. Another critical grievance against society performed by many affluent employers was the exploitation of the new generations. Not only were fully adult workers being brutalized through an abhorrent working environment, children as young as six years old were exposed to many of the same or similar conditions. Document three is a photograph of two little boys who look to be no older than nine years of age changing the bobbins in a giant machine without any safety equipment while the machine is running. Not only are these kids forced to work in danger of losing digits or other body parts to the hazardous contraptions they worked with all day, this eliminates any chance they have to complete much, if any amount of education that might have helped them rise up in society and break the vicious circle that makes and keeps the poor the way they are, impeding any hierarchical progress.
This speech is valued for its historical leader Cesar Chavez whom fighting for the farmworkers rights. However, it’s still an issue for the horrible working condition people are being exposed and risking their own lives from getting an illness of all the dangerous pesticides. Chavez born in 1927 raised by a hardworking family, “The rich have money—and the poor have time” (Stavans 3) realized his family’s financial struggles at a young age. Seeing what life handed him, “Many had already tried to organize the Mexican migrant workers to improve their miserable working conditions. But it took Chávez’s charisma—su simpatia—to move mountains” (Stavans 5).
To women who don’t take action about inequality and men who don’t support women, Inequality is all around the world. It is hardly unique in United States. Women always seemed the weak people in the family. Traditionally men were the ones who were supposed to go to work and make money, while women were at home doing housework or taking care of the children. And because men are the ones earning money, they automatically become the decision maker in the family, because as everyone thinks whoever has money is powerful.
Over not paying bills he put the town through the court case which cost money and so the town lost money there again. On the other hand some people think that since Mayella is older she should help out around the house and get a job to help out her father pay the bills, but instead she wants to be an innocent little girl with no responsibilities. However, she is left to take care of her siblings and the entire household. Also the town would not have lost all of that money on the court case if Mayella would have told the truth about who really raped her. But after all, Bob is the father and he should work and provide a good life, home, and living environment for his kids.
The working conditions were hazardous and many men, women, and children died from accidents that would happen with the machinery. “If the English worker died of starvation or was injured by accident in the mills, it mattered not to the employer, for he was not legally liable, and the worker’s place could be supplied from among the thousands ready to work for even a bare subsistence.” Men and women would have to work hard for long hours and receive only a low wage. Adult men were paid more than women or children, but their wages were still not enough to support a
Factories were paying far too little for someone to feed their whole family for that little, so many either would die or would turn to crime to survive; these laborers wanted equality. Men, women, and children were working and got employed in factories to work, and the dangerous and strenuous labor that children were put through to help the family expense caused many young children to die. Workers individually could not stop corporations, but collectively they could make an impact on their wages. The corporations eventually had to succumb to the pressure of labor supplies because the National Trade Union convinced the majority of the labor force to work from 12 hours a day to 10 hours. After the labor unions won, workers worked less, and they still had the same salary.
Miners had to go through many struggles whether it be being paid so little it results in poverty and hunger, working through dangerous conditions that cause accidents and miners being seriously injured and killed, when protesting for these rights for decent pay and better safety they were beaten by company thugs or even the police, they lived in company towns that helped little and made debts go up which resulted in families being forced out of their company houses, and when finally getting these basic rights many miners fell ill due to breathing in the coal dust for many years and no protection from it. Coal mining may have created jobs for poor men and immigrants, and earned the government money yet miners and their families for many years were ignored and looked after so terribly that many lives were lost too prematurely. "The company couldn 't be loved as it many times in the past proved, it didn 't love us." -James McLachlin (miner and union
In the museum most of the families had women who worked. During this time period it was usually a sign of poverty and source of shame if a woman worked in the family. But, families such as the Gumpertz, who was a family of all girls, and Rogarshevsky had no choice but to go to work. These families did not have the privilege of embarrassment; this idea was also represented in Jews without Money when Katie began to work. Initially, it was a huge issue with Herman and became only worse when he was finally unable to work at all.
Therefore, the lack of regulation cause thousands of people to have a routine exploit in poor working conditions in factories for little pay. American business hired woman and children for lower wages than men which was uncommon at the time. Under these circumstances children worked up to twenty hours a day. Many where exhausted and were killed or injured on the job. Early attempts by labor unions to create a mandatory minimum wage were ruled unconstitutional by the
The educated people were serious about the situation of children being forced to work however the voices against this was never risen. The industrial bosses isolated the workplace from the access of journalism and photographers, who they thought could possibly cover the issue in national media and the government would be forced to take the action against it. The image by Lewis Hine which displays the terrible situation of children standing over the functioning machine to get the work done is heartbreaking (The History). The picture is enough to say about the working condition and the safety measures of the contemporary situation. The children who worked on factories had to work 12-18 hours, six days a week for a dollar or often they need to work as long as work is not accomplished.