Industrialism brought many changes for Americans. The era in which industrialism came to the forefront ushered in new and exciting opportunities. Of course with new opportunities comes new risks. The affect of this new and rapidly expanding industrialism was beneficial and at the same time very demanding. In the beginning all seemed well, but with the passage of time came obstacles that were not foreseen.
Workshifts became long grueling battles with high hours and low pay. Along with unfair wages, there were child laborers. Children in the workforce was the blatant evidence of how unchecked the industrialization process was turning out. There were few if any restrictions on child labor. They were allowed to work long hours resembling those of the adults with the same amount of responsibility, a considerably lower wage and sometimes no wages at all.
In its unchecked state, the industrialization was turning conditions for domestic life to the negative. Women were not exempt from the unfair conditions that the working class were all collectively exposed to at the time. With promised incentives of the Homestead Act; cheap land available for purchase, and free land for any settler who would remain there for five years, there was a booming population increase, due to the largest migration of people in the United States.
Employers were free to pay out wages at their desire as there were no minimum wage laws in effect. Employees did not have it as good as their bosses when it came to protection, because the courts and legislatures did not have to listen to or side with the employees. This was very dangerous for the workers as there were no safety regulations or any restrictions keeping them from harms way. It was at this time that employees began forming unions to give them a voice, and a way to protest for shorter hours and better pay.
As unions started to develop, employers considered them dangerous. Unions brought change, along with improved working conditions. All of this change meant that unions had power, and that was danger in the eyes of employers because it lowered their profits. Unions were also able to have employers held responsible for deaths and injuries. All of these changes made it better for the working class workforce, and while many benefited, there were also many who suffered.