People make decisions everyday, but sometimes there are hard decisions that could change our lives forever. In the book Lyddie by Katherine Patterson a girl named Lyddie that lived during the Industrial Revolution worked in a mill in Lowell. Lyddie worked in some pretty bad working conditions and workers wanted better working conditions so they started a petition. Lyddie is wondering if she should sign the petition, but if she does she could get fired and lose the money that she needs for the dept on the farm back home, and also maybe if she signs it that may help in getting better working conditions. While there are reasons Lyddie should not sign the petition, there are more reasons why Lyddie should sign the petition for better hours and wages, and also for a better working environment.
Brigid, a new worker at the factory, is being taught how to work the loom with the reluctant assistance of Lyddie. ¨Forget everything else but the loom.” ¨But I canna forget,¨ Brigid cried out. ¨Me mother sick unto death and no money for a doctor. (127)¨ Almost everybody working has issues just like Lyddie and Brigid. With the petition there could be more pay, or even less hours so people tend to more of what needed to be taken care of outside of
Low-wage jobs can lead to the direct formation or desire to form labor unions. Norma Rae and Nickel and Dimed are examples of this development. The inflicted struggles of both main characters due to their occupations aided the desire to be apart of labor unions. Labor unions are formed to protect and further workers rights and interests. Low-wage jobs have the tendency to inhabit poor working conditions and workers rights.
Through interviews with Boston based blue-collar workers, the authors documented how the workers frequently expressed anger, pain and humiliation. These feelings, contended Sennett and Cobb, stemmed from the belief that they were powerless in improving their place in society. The workers spoke of pain and resentment at being treated in their work as mere 'cogs in the machine,' or just 'Rita the janitor.' The insight here, is that despite efforts by made by working class individuals to move on in life, classed experiences can have a detrimental impact on a person's social identity and their sense of place within hierarchies of respectability. One of the most significant observations noted by the authors, was that working class people often assume personal responsibility for their social position.
She was able to venture outside of her house. She was able to become a blacksmith and run her own blacksmith shop, fixing armor, making horse shoes, and build armor. A women had to be exceptional and gifted to work outside of their husband’s home. Women from the upper class were still mistreated at times and talked down to. They were not respected either.
Noble women played active roles in warrior society. When their husbands were away, noble women would pick up the slack and supervise vassals, control the household, and perform the necessary agricultural and medical tasks (Prentice Hall World History Textbook). Occasionally noble women also went to war to defend their estate because women's’ rights to inheritance were restricted by the feudal system. Even though some women didn’t inherit fiefs, they received land as part of their dowry (Prentice Hall World History Textbook). Likewise, peasant women also enacted important roles in the household.
Women started to gain rights in the mid to late 1800 's in the workforce throughout the country. ”The situation of many industrial workers required that all household members, including women and children, contribute to the family economy. A majority of families struggled to get by on low wages and unstable employment patterns. Among the 12 million families enumerated in the 1890 census, 11 million survived on less than $100 per month, around$2,500 in today’s dollars (Upchurch, 2009). The labor of women and children was essential to household maintenance and is included in his figure.
textiles were focused to be a women’s job this was because sewing and production of cloths was a job for people with small, skinny and delicate hands this was meaning women (Wilde, 2017). They were most likely to go to textiles for work and this meant that they were not looked after, got paid little money and developed many injuries along the way of their working experience. Due to women being in textiles more than children and men they were the least paid. Factories led to short-term impacts on women and other people (Education Serviced Australia, 2010). Some of these impacts were not being able to wear shoes to prevent fire and people stood on needles and other sharp objects, when women had cuts all over them and not being in a clean environment this led to illnesses and health issues.
The Tremendous Impact of Railroads on America In the late 19th century, railroads propelled America into an era of unprecedented growth, prosperity, and convenient transportation. Prior to the building of the railroads, America lacked the proper and rapid transportation to make traveling across the country economical or practical. Lengthy travel was often cumbersome, costly, and dangerous. With the advent of the railroad, many of these issues disappeared. Railroads had a major impact on advancing the American economy, transforming America into a modern society, and improving an antiquated transportation system.
I think the Industrial Revolution was the start, as the U.S. became more industrialized many women would find work in the mills. This created two classes of women: the working class women, women that worked outside the home, and middle class women, who were basically, stay home wives to keep the husband satisfied. This created way for organized protesting attempts. The working class women attempted to improve work environments and wages, while the middle-class women developed a sense of themselves as members of a cohesive group (encyclodpedia.com). This campaigning and protesting gave women a voice and this would lead to women’s rights movements.
Macaul Mellor Many women decided to work in Mills in the 1900’s in order to gain wealth and give to their family. The ideas of the Mills gave a reassuring balance of work, opportunity, and pay to all the women, yet, these ideas were not always fulfilled. Many workers were unhappy with their working condition and the money they were granted. Each different statement reflects a different emotional voice: “Orestes Brownson Questions the Lowell System portrays pathos, “A Lowell Worker Defends the System portrays logos, and “A Worker’s Memories of the Mills” portrays ethos. Ethos gives the strongest voice because it gives the reader liability and experience in the Mills that is needed to truly understand the argument in which, “A worker’s Memories
Young girls would often find work at Lowell factories. The Lowell system seemed very desirable to most single women because many them would live at home until they were married so this gave them an opportunity for different experiences. The Market Revolution also created the middle class. In middle class families the women would