Industrial Revolution and the struggles there of.

Industrial Revolution

Many workers during the Industrial Revolution (Late 1800’s Early 1900’s) sought for relief form poor, hazardous and in-humane working conditions.  Most hoped to find that relief within a few different labor unions that started to pop up throughout the nation.

With ample capital, an abundance of raw matierials, cheap labor and new technology, these  new found “Robber Barons”, greedy capitalists who grew rich by deious business practices, exploitation of workers, and political manipulation, gave little to no concern for the well-being of thier employees.  Thier main and only concern seemed to be keeping profits high and labor costs down.

Big business tried to squash out labor unions by proclaiming to the public that nothing good ever came from them.  Nothing good ever came from a stike, nothing good ever came from a picket, they proclaimed.  Big business tried to connect legetimate labor unions with extremists and disgruntled rogue workers that had committed haneous crimes against law enforcement and the public.

Employers didn’t want to lose “total” control over thier workforce and they knew whtat unions would give the employees a voice and a “leg” to stand on when it came to collection compensation from an incident taht may have occurred from employer negligence and businesses alos knew that labor unions would bring apon higher labor costs resulting in less profits.

When it comes to todays’ workforce, American society has come a long way but still has some hurdles to overcome.  We now have much stricter labor lawas when it comes to minors int he workforce.  Working environments are now much safer and employers are held accountable for negligence.  Even though women are no longer paid half the wages that of a mans’ for the same job, thier is an argument to be made that it is still now equal overall.  I do believe society is heading in a better direction but there will always be greed that puts a part of our workforce at risk.

Keene, Jennifer D. Visions of America: A History of the United States. 3rd ed., vol. 2, Pearson, 2017.

6 thoughts on “Industrial Revolution and the struggles there of.

  1. Big businesses and the elite capitalist class really did benefit in their fight against labor unions through their influences on the media and government. As you said, the leaders of mega-corporations prioritized profits over promoting the rights of the workers, which fueled the conflicts of between employers and employees that continued from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution onward. Still, in this time period, with ownership and influence in newspapers and journals, as well as government influence through corrupt deals and lobbying, it was fairly easy for the wealthy to sway public opinion in their direction. The workers faced an uphill battle, facing bad publicity and almost no voice in the media.

  2. Great post, most business leaders in their industries did succeed through worker exploitation and seemed to care very little for their employees well-being. Imagine working in an environment where your employer really did not care about you health, only whether you make him or her money. Nonetheless essentially leaving their employees helpless to stop their exploitation because of corrupt political practices of the time. And then, on top of all of this, having no voice publicly, because your employer has worked to ensure that labor unions had a negative connotation. The American Gilded Age was truly a battle on all fronts for the unskilled workforce, leaving them with very little to fight back with.

  3. I believe that this blog post pretty accurately represents the struggles of workers throughout that era and how poorly the workers were treated by their employers. Even now, as you stated, greed is still a factor that can put our workforce in danger.

  4. I liked all the detail you put about how it was to be working under the poor conditions. I do agree that the work force has came along, but it still it is not equal. I see in the job I am today and have with previous jobs. Well done!

  5. You read about some of the working conditions that the workers endured during the industrial revolution and it is just astonishing how inhumane companies could be when it came to their employees. It truly shows the amount of greed these big wigs had when it came to making money. It’s very important to recognize how labor unions influenced workers at the time because it would hold the businesses accountable for things such as incidents or negligence. I like that you noted on today’s workforce and how the labor laws have become much stricter. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 is an important part of history to be remembered.

  6. The original big business was the railroad industry that rapidly grew and expanded. Yes, this was extremely beneficial for the economy as well as the laborers. The great detail you went into about the struggles the labors encountered while the railroad expanded made me think about how corporations in today’s society treats their employees, which you later touched on in your blog. Your blog gives many supporting facts to my belief that small business should be treated just as equal as corporations, because like the railroad everyone has to start somewhere.

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