Industrial Workers Dbq

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During the nineteenth century economic changes increased the amount of European industrial workers. Conditions under which they lived and worked improved along with the availability of jobs for women. Ultimately, the industrial revolution and the agricultural revolution lead to migration to cities for factory work. Theses changes in conditions for industrial workers were caused by the debate between government involvement in economics and if workers themselves have to take the initiative to create changes. English economists argue that the government should not get involved in helping the poor. Thomas Malthus, claims that, “The principal and most permanent cause of poverty has little or no relation to forms of government, or the unequal division…show more content…
The London Workingmen’s Association wrote a petition to Parliament for the “People’s Charter” explaining that Parliament contains lots of power over lives and liberty, such as, labor of the unrepresented millions, income money, the ability to help the poor, and authorizing the power of the whole country, so the people want the government to allow “every person producing proof of his being 21 years of age shall be entitled to have his name registered as a voter . . . [and] that there shall be no property qualification for members of [Parliament]” (Doc 4). The working class has taken the initiative to to ask Parliament for assistance in permitting them with voting rights. The workers’ main goal is to convince the Parliament of their views, so their point of view is biased. Comparatively, Flora Tristan, a French writer and political activist, wants workers, “the victims of real inequality and injustice” to fight for justice and the equality of men and woman (Doc 5). She realizes the strength of workers and that one they can come together in unity and demand the bourgeois give them their deserved rights. Tristan includes her own perspective of being a woman, and undergoing the unequal treatment, making her biased. Another piece of evidence that could further support Flora’s argument is the fact that women in the nineteenth century played a submissive role. Most women only focused on…show more content…
Similarly, in 1886 the Knights of Labor causing the Great Southwest Railroad strike. The workers refused to return due to the long hours, unfair pay, and unsafe conditions. The workers came together in unity to fight for their cause. However, despite their efforts the strike failed and the Knights of Labor
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