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Industrialization 1870s-1910s

by: Kayla Fallis

Industrialization 1870s-1910s HIST 261

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Working conditions and the workers' right movements are reviewed
The United States Since 1865
Professor Beatrix Hoffman
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Industrilization, strikes, workers, Haymarket
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Date Created: 09/15/16
Industrialization 1870s-1910s What Makes an Industrialized Economy?  Moving away from agriculture  Growing big businesses (versus more mom and pop stores)  More urbanization (more people moving into cities) A New World for Workers  Mechanization o Machinery begins to be used to make good instead of by hand o The assembly line is created  Deskilling workers o Machines made it so you didn't really need a skill o Workers knew how to do make one part instead of the whole product o Work was repetitive, monotonous, and faster o Saved on labor cost o Workers became easy to replace  Speed Up o More products in less time meant more money o Less workers meant more money  Wages and hours o Wage cuts and longer hours became common o There became a surplus of labor force in this time o Unemployment became good for businesses because it meant they could easily replace workers, and there was competition for work o Workers would work anywhere from 10-14 hours a day 6-7 a week  Sunday was traditionally given off for church  Danger: disease and accident o Workers would often be fired if they didn't show up to work so they would go in sick o Poor work conditions Workers comp. didn't become a thing until the 1910s o o The Jungle shed light on how awful conditions of the Chicago meat industry was  i.e. rat falling into grinders, workers' fingers being eaten away from acid o Black lung became common for miners, while textile mills faced brown lung o Close quarters made it easy for tuberculosis to spread o There were no regulations for factories Women and Children in the Workforce  Both were paid less than men o Children paid the least  Both mostly worked in textile factories o Seen as useful because of their tiny hands being able reach smaller areas  Child labor was not banned or regulated until 1938 during FDR's New Deal o A law against child labor was attempted to be passed in 1916, but was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court Wealth and Political Interference  Robber Barons o Businessmen who showed little moral interest while getting rich  Businesses used wealth to influence political policies o Ideological agreement between people of power Lassiez Faire  o Government would not regulate business o Government did promote businesses Workers Respond  The Great Strike Wave o Refusing to work for an attempt of change o Gathered and made demands  Against business rules to gather  Had to strike to meet in the first place o Often fired and replaced o Black listed for protesting  Labor Unions/Trade Unions o Only happened after several strikes were started o 1886 the Eight Hour Association was created  Fought for and eight hour work day  Eight hour days and five day work weeks weren't guaranteed by the government until the 1930s Most strikes ended in violence due to the authorities being called o  Armories created for a place for militia to stay during strikes  Haymarket Riot 1886 o Happened in Chicago o Connected to working towards getting the eight hour work day o Leaders seen as dangerous aggravators o Peaceful protest until police came in and began to club workers and fire on them  Six workers died o During peak hysteria of riot someone threw in a bomb o 7 workers sent to death  Four were hung  One committed suicide  The rest were sent to life o Sets stage for xenophobia (fear of immigrants) due to large amount of foreign workers at the time


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