Working late and long hours, to only make a dollar a day. That was the average life of a worker during the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution as a result has helped and has changed many lives. The Industrial Revolution started around the 1800’s and has changed the perspective on how we look at things. The population grew from 31,450,000 to 76,212,000 a 142.3 % increase over the span of 40 year’s. (PG 474, Jennifer Kenne). Child labor rules were in desperate need of change for the better. This was due to the poor conditions and low wages that were viewed as acceptable during the time. When the 1900s came around things started to look better and as a whole began significant improvement.
The common work day was around 10 hours, which now has changed to eight because of regulations in the work place. When workers would work a 10-hour day they sought out many reasons why they should change it and here a few, workers would get hurt on the job due to lack of energy, they would also get sick because their immune systems would be weak due to the lack of sleep they had due to the hours they were putting in at work. Farmers would come home from working all day to then tend to the farm and then come home to warm meal provided by their wife.
The corporations would rely heavily on the new form of transportation being the railroad to transport goods across from point A to point B because it was faster and more efficient then to send it by boat. Andrew Carnegie was responsible for the transformation of the steel corporation that helped craft the idea of a railroad. If the railroads could transport more they could then build new things like cars and buildings to withstand all elements and will help increase more revenue than ever before and has impacted our economy today. The reason this is more efficient then the boat method is because it gets their faster and is more affordable over time of 40 years. Andrew then sought out another way to transport people to different areas of their chosen destination, and would sell tickets to take people places and this was another reason it helps grow the economy today.
Around the 1890 an act was created and is now called Sherman Anti-Trust Act, it is to prevent trusts and trust funds. Now we were using children of all backgrounds and immigrants and paying them little amounts to do tedious work that risks their lives daily. The unions were created and came about to help stand up for the workers and the employers still to this day think of them as a threat. Blacklist were created as away if the employees were fired they would put them on list that no one would hire. The local press organizations would highlight and release all the things that were going on and more things would come to light and issues would become resolved because we would end up doing the new thing called “going on strike” they would do this to get better work conditions and or wages or many things that needed changed.