Strikes were executed more by the industrial workers, but the farmers did have a few. Strikes were common during the Gilded Age because as industrialization increased, working conditions and labor requirements got worse. The industrial workers were having to work ten to twelve hours, five days a week at the least and not even being paid enough to compensate for their work. Barely scraping by with the amount of work the workers do for their company angered them, and prompted strikes. Some well-known strikes are the Pullman Strike and the Homestead Strike.
Previous times in the government when corruption occured caused the Republicans to split and fight against each other. This time, it created more problems for an already corrupt government. The period after Garfield’s term, people wanted to change politics with a civil service reform. This reform allowed officials to join office who were qualified, which made becoming part of the office a lot more fair and equal for everyone. This did cause struggles in the beginning, but eventually paid off in the future by creating more equal politics.
Operators were also charged for mistakes at factories (Triangle Fire). This is a social inequality to the social class because while corporations are increasing so is the working citizens hours are increasing. The working class had to work fourteen hours a day with no break and an incredibly low income. The low class were very tired and sore from being stiff in chairs for fourteen hours straight so how can they not make mistakes. They were ashamed on how they were living and being shown in front of the wealthy citizens.
There are many other traps around America that deceive the immigrants because their weakness of not knowing English and the desire of getting a great life in America which lead them unpreparedly get fooled by the businessmen. These traps prevented the immigrants from leaving America, because of the significant amount of debt that they have to pay each month, which forced them to keep working and become the slave of this capitalistic society in America. Unfortunately, even they work very hard, in most of the time they will not get anything in return, such that Jurgis’s family cannot even keep the house at the of the book and many of family members’ health destroyed by the harsh working conditions in the
This became significant because as the bourgeois started improving their machinery and producing more, they did not need skilled labor, and they could hire women and children for a lot less money. With this happening unemployment rose and wages fell, thus putting more people into poverty and starvation. This is similar to what happened in the French Revolution because the oppressed were extremely poor and did not have enough to eat. This caused a want for reform, and therefore, the same could happen between the bourgeois and the proletariats. In other words, the oppressed can only be oppressed for so long before a life or death challenge steps in, and they have to step up to the challenge.
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.
Farmers were abused by the railroad freight fees, the world market’s dramatic drop of commodity prices caused by overproduction, and tariffs for their goods which resulted in the farmers to be continuously be stuck in debt. Industrial workers constantly suffered in poor working conditions and low pay. It was not uncommon for most workers to work more than ten hours a day. They were also faced with job instability. Missing a day of work could easily could get them fired, and if a worker was faced with an injury or sickness they would have to suck it up and continue working because there was no “sick days”.
Starting with Britain leading the industrial revolution, other countries rapidly followed. Many cities were unable to handle the rapid urbanization, slums increased along with the crime rate. Industrialization transformed the family from being the chief unit of both production and consumption. Jobs for men slowly became less available but paid enough to support a family however women’s jobs were plentiful but underpaid. Child labor laws or lack thereof improved working conditions but separated them from their families.
Many people were paid low salaries for many working hours. Health hazards were a big issue in the factories. Many workers were injured or dead due to factory incidents. The factory owners weren’t responsible for their lives, so it wasn’t well addressed to the public as an issue. However, labor workers created labor unions to address their issues to the factory owners and to the government, they protested to seek their needs first and for better wages.
He wants society to open their eyes and understand that too many people died for this type of job to be right. He 's blaming society also because even now, when we 've advanced slightly, it 's still as hard to survive as it was back then (To please the boy by giving him the half hour / That a boy counts so much when saved from work). Frost is showing disapproval of the societal heirarchy, and he 's focusing on the lower-middle class specifically - he 's blaming society for making their lives so hard. The lower class work too much, and when compared to higher class capitalists, their salary is barely enough. He 's blaming society for making