Peasants lived a hard life – a scarce diet, and long, tough work hours on farmland. Both male and female peasants worked in all types of farmland, however, the male peasants were expected by European society to provide food and protect their family
A lot of serfs and peasants suffered for a long time. Soon after, the Bubolic Plague passed by. They rebelled and quit working for their lord. Many lower class people were free. Taxes were cheaper and they improved on their labor system.
Also, at the time the railroad companies began to have issues, so they increased prices for shipping as well as making the middlemen take more money from the farmers. The farmers then had to mortgage their farms for credit. This created the Panic of 1893. Railroads went bankrupt, stocks fell, businesses and banks collapsed. Life wasn’t easy for anyone living in the west at the time, that included the Native
Many key factors led to the transition from indentured servants to slavery. Indentured servants became less cost- efficient due to the fact that land owners owned multiple pieces of land or needed more than one indentured servant to work on their land. Even though working conditions were harsh and the servants were limited to what they can and cannot do, they still had rights as humans, which means they were not slaves. But as more jobs were needed on the farm, the more indentured servant demanded in wages. As the needs of indentured servants increased, the owners believed they were not obliged to commit to the request of their servant.
During the Great Depression, many people were desperate for a job, food, shelter, and security, all of which are standards expected in the modern world. However, in the midst of an economic crisis, the people who had stability despised those who could not achieve a steady way of life. Farmers who hoarded the food that could keep people alive would not help those in need. By selfishly withholding aid, the farmers failed humanity in a way, “that topples all our success,” showing that what they did was not right (Steinbeck 349). When faced with the injustice of people being too poor to afford what they need to survive, those who had resources were morally obligated to help feed those
The Great Depression, the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world was at its lowest point in 1933, the beginning of the book. Over 15 million Americans were unemployed, and half of the country's banks had failed, malnutrition was a big problem for children due to their parents not being able to afford food for them, and many families were evicted from the houses or lands that they lived on. During this period, most African Americans worked on farms that were owned by white landowners and lived in rural areas. While life before the Great Depression was already arduous for African Americans, their living conditions worsened due to the fact that the farmers they worked for lost their land. As previously mentioned, food prices had deflated causing farmers to not be able to make a profit off of their land.
It certainly did not help that the amount of food available to the population was short due to the agricultural damage of “the dust bowl”. The most common crimes were petty theft and prostitution, and during the worst times many would also turn to murder and alcohol smuggling. Kids were pulled out of school in order to support their families by working on farms or in factories, and together with the few adults that were able to get a job, they would often work long days for either starvation wages or no wage at all. Some kids would also run away from home due to poverty and family problems. This desperation that led people to commit crimes can also roughly be seen in chapter six of Steinbeck’s novel, when George tells Lennie that he would have it easier without him, and ends up killing Lennie, his companion.
The majority did not plan to stay in America for too long because they were only considered to be migrant workers. These migrant workers encountered many hardships. They were overworked and underpaid. They also lived in deplorable conditions and all for the sake of bringing money back home to their family. So many lost their lives during their journey and so many died because the harsh conditions of their labor.
In the poem, The New Colossus, the Statue of Liberty describes immigrants as poor people. Also, they are called refuse, which means trash from the other countries. The Statue of Liberty the author complains about why the United States accepts the trash from other countries. This was also displayed in Alabanza, where the workers would have to work hours in the kitchen to be able to feed their families for low pay because most of the workers were undocumented. They were also oppressed because America viewed them as poor from all the hours they had to work to get little money.
This downfall of society caused immense damage to the economy. As the population began to decline due to the deaths of all these people, there was a lack of farmers to plow fields, harvest crops, and produce other goods and services. This in turn affected the relationship of lords and peasants because the working peasants became more useful and in high demand; after learning this the peasants began asking for higher pay to work. This is how Europe was so affected by this plague, not only by death and disease, but in more questionably moral and economic aspects of
Just like several other ethnic groups in the 1800s, poverty drove many Greeks to emigrate to America. In their home country, agriculture paid inadequately and was long, arduous work. And those already paltry conditions turned destitute for citizens when blight struck their crops. This caused a mass migration from Greece that began in the 1890s and lasted through the 1920s (Iliou, 2007). During that time, many people from Greece sailed to Ellis Island, in hopes of a better future.
This was so because the kings were responsible for taking all of the taxes that the peasants earned, along with even the crops that they grew. The peasants were therefore ill-treated, as they did not have proper food to eat or a suitable place to sleep. However, in the Haitian revolution, things were quite different. There were slaves fighting for their
The sugar act, which was passed a little under a year ago, already made things very hard on the family and this would just make matters worse. The sugar act put taxes on sugar and molasses. The Cranes ' were not very happy about this second act that Britain was enacting. Everything was extremely hard on Bruce Crane because he did not earn a lot with his job at the local iron factory. He had to support himself, his wife Janet Crane, and his three children, Alice, age 13, Ella, age 9 and their 5 month old brother, Oliver.