The Gilded Age takes place in the late 1800’s. The industrial revolution was great for the U.S. and the economy, bet when it comes to the people who were actually working this was a nightmare. It created horrible even dangerous working conditions for them. There were very little rules implemented by the government for employers to have a certain amount of pay and certain working conditions for their employees.
The rules that were in place, generally were not followed and the workers were usually stuck just doing whatever they’re employer said. Eventually enough workers were fed up with what they had to deal with on a daily basis, and so began an anarchy. There were many different types of anarchists with slightly different beliefs in the government, but one thing with all of them was constant and that was that something had to change with the government and labor laws. Through this the idea of unions were born and this scared business owners.
With all the unions and what they were about, the government and employers knew that eventually they would have to give in to their demands with wages, working conditions, and age conditions. If they didn’t they were going to go out of business because many people were on strike during this time. The benefits workers saw in these unions were huge.
They would receive more wages making it easier to live, better working conditions which reduced the risk of injury, they also saw an opportunity to have limited hours per week which would give them time to do other things or to spend time with their family if they had one. The industrial revolution was a great idea in theory, but cost many workers. In the end unions saved workers from working their lives away.