During the Progressive Era, most employers were not concerned with workers rights and focused more on profit than human rights or safety. The poor working class, as well as immigrants who had worked in the United States for a while, became infuriated over the unfair treatment and working conditions of which they suffered. Hugh Rockoff explains, “…industrialization had alienated the workingman…” (Rockoff 747).
Therefore, it is necessary for most students to get the best paying job possible. It is a wonderful attribute to be altruistic and to want to spend your life helping others. However, living in the economic conditions in this country, too few of us have the financial means to be able to do so. Most people are not trust-fund babies.
For instance, in the folk/labor song “John Henry” it states that he wasn't going to let the steam drill beat him. As technology evolved, many families went into poverty, and at this point technology has decreased the job opportunity. In the movie, “The Men who Built America” it showed how important railroads were important to the economy at the time and many people has jobs. However, a few decades later many of these jobs were removed because the of trucks which transport more cargo than trains.
The unfortunate people that were denied entry to the U.S. for various reasons, (sometimes because of their occupation; if they were contract laborers, polygamists, paupers, convicted criminals, anarchists, and other times because of a health or financial problem), would have a miserable time at Ellis Island (only 2 percent of the immigrants arriving were denied entry). They would have just wasted a huge amount of money, wasted a lot of time,
No one had any money and depended on the factories and businesses that they worked for to raise the wages, which most of the time, they did not. Due to the fact that people were desperate for money, stealing became a frequent thing. People were hungry and needing food so they stole it from other more wealthy people and businesses. Although stealing was common, it was often times overlooked by the enforcement authorities. A state that was really struggling in particular was Arkansas.
The Middle Ages was a very dark and difficult time for many people because of the creation of the dreaded feudal system. The feudal system was a system that divided people into different classes due to their wealth. Many people didn 't like how it worked except for the king because he was the highest person in the feudal pyramid. The feudal system started very small but after hundreds of years it had expanded into all of medieval Europe. The peasants, or poor people had to work long hours and had minimum wage and had not a lot of food.
The underprivileged kids were already used to living in a big groups of people and having to share their food with adults because adults needed the strength to go to work with a little bit of energy to do their job right since they got paid more. The adults who do work don 't get paid as bad as children do, adults in different countries who did not work found it hard to get jobs because most kids worked all the jobs, kids were more useful because they were smaller and could fit into tighter places, there was less work for adults due to child labor. Families really needed the income to maintain their average family even if they all got paid in different ways as an article quoted,’’ Paid a fraction of what adults got paid. ’’ kids were only allowed a fraction of what they were supposed to get paid, they only got paid a portion of their pay, for all that hard work and nothing in return ?
Another downfall to industrialization was the working conditions set forth in factories. Examples in history such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, where several hundred women burned to death after a fire broke out and the doors were locked, went to show that the conditions in factories during that time were more than unacceptable. Incidents such as these really united the workers against “evil” robber barons who apparently didn’t care for the worker’s life but just wanted money and
Overall, poverty class barriers show up everywhere. The Gallagher family in “Shameless” is a good example of this because they are very poor and most of the siblings end up dropping out of high school or not amounting to much within their lives. They are never truly able to get away from having this status, and it is truly sad because they represent actual families in the real world struggling with this everyday. Money is the true root of all evil, whether you have it or don’t have it there are still issues that show up in your
Factories were paying far too little for someone to feed their whole family for that little, so many either would die or would turn to crime to survive; these laborers wanted equality. Men, women, and children were working and got employed in factories to work, and the dangerous and strenuous labor that children were put through to help the family expense caused many young children to die. Workers individually could not stop corporations, but collectively they could make an impact on their wages. The corporations eventually had to succumb to the pressure of labor supplies because the National Trade Union convinced the majority of the labor force to work from 12 hours a day to 10 hours. After the labor unions won, workers worked less, and they still had the same salary.
Following the influx of immigrants in the late 1800s, many industries began to seize the opportunities for profit but left the question if the principle of liberty was still upheld. In the 2nd Industrial Revolution, workers suffered low wages, prolonged working hours, and unhealthy conditions. Despite the labor reform movements before the Civil War such as those to purify Lowell Factories, laborers were still reduced in significance against their corporations that only regarded the workers, ready for any job due to having no other choice. However, the growth of unions and strikes shaped the way that industry was going to become for the future. For instance, several workers were overworked often making them incapable of work.
In the early 1900s, The U.S. had faced a lot of problem. The overcrowded cities as a result of too much immigration was one of the major problem. There were too much competition to find a job for most of those who weren’t wealthy, so most of them have to work even in the worst condition with the least wages. The working condition was terrible there were too many workers, and business owners who were interested to pay the least wages to get the most profit. Workers had to work hard to keep their job and be able to pay their bills.