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
Jurgis and James are both dark featured. During the book Jurgis breaks his ankle and is unable to work. His family has to pick up the slack and work really hard trying to make enough money to get by. James also has bad luck in Cinderella Man by breaking his hand. He is able to
After a particularly exhausting string of 12-hour days at a plastics factory, I remember being shocked at how small my check seemed" Braaksma (2005). In addition to working sun up to sun down in adverse conditions, his friends don 't understand that at any moment those jobs could be gone, gone to outsourcing or just the fact that the market changes and manufacturers can no longer remain competitive. Attending college and working full time is a challenge in its own, getting to experience what it is like to work with other people who either lacked the resources to attend college or never got the chance to go, showed him what it would be like for him if he didn 't attend college and made him want to gain his degree that much more. In personal experience I have seen the same, working in the construction field all my life I knew I
“One or two of theses were actual fugitives from justice, some were criminal, and all were reckless”, stated Bret Harte as he portrayed a picture of all the miners in Roaring Camp (pg. 1483). Before the birth of the baby, the miners in the community did not care to what happened to both, their own community and the people living in it. Most of the miners had incredibly un-reputable backgrounds and all of them were just working in the mining town to become rich, which further helps explain their lack of care for themselves, each other and their community. The birth of the baby or as stated in the book the “lucky baby” brought a sudden change in the miners and the community.
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.
Neighboring buildings, had dusts on the inside of the buildings for months, leading to many workers with several respirator issues. If the United States government didn’t cut corners with its research and actual air testing, many people lives would’ve been saved today. Lying to the public proved to be a bad decision when it came to the health of the people. They cut corners to save money. They even refused to give masks and ventilators to those who were working down at Ground Zero.
Mr.Ewell’s children don’t go to school so the family is uneducated and can only get jobs in labor, just like most Indians but in their case they are just uneducated or had a very terrible education and Indians know each other but aren’t known outside of the Rez, it is the same case for Mr Ewell. Mr Ewell used the courtroom case to gain attention and also empathy for his family but after a while he was “as forgotten as Tom Robinson” (248) which hurt him. The irony is that fought so an innocent person goes to jail so he could get attention and after a while he was just as forgot.It is so ironic because after you wanted something for so long and hurt other people to get it then everything that he hurt people for goes away so quickly. It connects to the theme of racism on both sides because Mr Ewell isn’t on any side that's why he doesn’t have any attention as stated by Jem she lives like a Negro so White person will not talk to her and she is white so no black person will talk to her (192).It is like a baby who will cry when they feel lonely so the parents will come give attention to
It was surprising and disturbing to see how much racism and poverty affected him as a child. I was very upset when his teacher embarrassed him by telling him he didn't have a dad in front of the whole class. I don't understand why she would do that to him. Obviously this is a defining moment in the rest excerpt because after this he has more shame about his lifestyle. Even when he was a star he couldn't even go to a restaurant to get a pen to sign autographs because of the color of his skin.
He is working at a plywood mill, this is not satisfying for the family, especially not for the narrator’s mom. She mentions that she wants him to get another job, but he answers by determining how difficult it is to get a job, which highlights the employment situation back then. The settings around his workplace is described in a degrading manner, “The mill is made of tin, roof and walls, and the tin is rusted full of holes” It is understandable that her mother is not happy about the father working there, because she is obviously concerned about
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
For example, one of my family friends had an accident at his workplace. He works as a construction worker even though he was illegal and was paid under the table. He didn 't have any family or relatives in this country and one day he got into an accident at work and his co-worker ask him if they should take him to the hospital, but he refused. Two months into his accident, he was at the edge of dying. He didn’t want to go to get medical assistance because he does not have insurance and he did not want to take the risk of going to the hospital then being deported.