These characters are trying to make money quickly without thinking about their safety. When Jurgis gets his first job in Packingtown in a slaughterhouse he gets good pay but he works for long hours(pg 35). Every minute spent in that slaughterhouse it drains all of Jurgis’s energy but he is still committed to live a decent life. Jurgis is committed to gain that type of living but the corrupt owners of the meat packing industry are trying to spoil all the American Dream ideals for their gain. Even with the new house purchase that the family bought, it was full of hidden cost that family was fooled into buy.
Knowing how much money he has and how very little he pays his workers shows how ruthless he is as a business owner. Likewise, John Rockefeller forced his workers to work long hours for low pay. He also discouraged union activity in his corporation. It seems oddly unfair the he donated millions of dollars to many different causes but
When it came to family life, to say they struggled is an understatement. Along with businesses, homes where degraded to almost nothing and with the desperation of the people inside them, things weren’t much better. People where scouring every nook and cranny to at least find a penny. The wages where so low a penny was worth much more than they are today(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Depression). People were willing to do almost anything to get their hands on some form of payment.
It is an established that immigrant workers are largely responsible for local’s decline in the Spaza shop market. Government should realise the immense impact this small market has, that local ownership is under attack and it should definitely develop programs to support locals to empower and engage with them. These Spaza shops have become bigger and more competitive. Spaza shops for both locals and immigrants are devices to survive in this economic climate where jobs are hard to come by. The status of it having a strong hold in the economy relies on the cooperation of both local and immigrants to work together and share
Critical Review The Working Poor: Invisible in America David K. Shipler is a book that could be most accurately described as eye-opening. Shipler opens up the book on his claim that “nobody who works hard should be poor in America.” America is built upon the idea that the harder one works, the better off one will be. Shipler then goes on to explain how the poor, often times, work the hardest jobs and are put into the worse conditions, but still do not grow to become the most successful. Using their lives as examples, Shipler illustrates the struggles the working poor face while attempting to escape poverty. Although he does make his claim and spreads awareness about the working poor, Shipler does not really go into detail or provide solutions
There were no legal minimum wage or safety issues. Workers get paid very low wage, and could hardly afford their cost of living. Their working hours were very long, they were not allowed to rest anytime. Workers would get punished if they were caught being slow and
Without access to resources of the land and insufficient funds to support a family, migrant workers are positioned at the bottom of the social hierarchy. The working class also experiences persecution from police as the law enforcement demoralizes
My source claims that poverty is a big problem in certain countries, yet most people aren't doing anything about it, they're too focused on themselves. Banksy claims that society is selfish and ungrateful. Mondays have become a big thing to be mad about anywhere, society seems to hate waking up early and doing work, yet in other countries people are dying due to lack of clean food. An argument that is linked with Idols of the tribe is society feeling like nothing is enough. Society feels that having to do tasks is just plain boring and makes life bad.
One of the biggest disadvantages is that since everything is done privately a large number of citizens are forgotten while rich private businesses and companies continue to make more and more money. In the second verse Hill says “Phony nationalism”. This is speaking on how America is seen as such a great country even though America has been the cause of genocides, discrimination, slavery, and racism. We can 't just forget the injustices past citizens and ancestors have faced just because the world we are living in today is safer than it was then. This teaches us that we have to respect the past and current experiences of all citizens.
(artifact 8) Child labor was still a very large problem. There was still no care for safety, no one watching them, and terrible pay. (artifact 4) Factory owners did not care about the quality or safety of the things they were making. (artifact 3) Most people lived in overcrowded cities. They could be unhealthy, dirty, and most people were very poor.
I chose the above paragraph, because it really dawns on you the daily cost of living and struggles faced by the working-class people. “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich is an eye opener, as it helps you get a glimpse into the lives of the working-class people and the many hardships endured by them on a daily basis. It is appalling to learn that so many people do not even have access to proper nutrition and healthcare, which I think should be a basic necessity and not a luxury. These people work hard and have absolutely nothing to show for. California is an excellent example of the great divide between the rich and poor, with the middle class almost non-existent.
Once they get to America, they realize that life here was not all that it was cracked up to be. They get mistreated, and their daily lives become very challenging. It is very hard for them to find jobs, and once they do, they get paid little to no money at all. Both the Flint Water Crisis and The Jungle have many similarities. They both are real life stories on how government officials let many people suffer due to corruption in the government.