The impact of the Industrial Revolution on workers during the Gilded Age (late 1800’s) was severe. The courts and legislatures typically sided with the employers, therefore led to the workers having lack of protection. The industrialism affected workers greatly, and not in a good way.
During the late 1900’s, United States starting to change from a rural nation to an urban nation. The Industrial Revolution paid greatly to the trend, which lead to the creation of major wealth within very few individuals. This period in history became as what we call the Gilded Age.
The Gilded Age was a period that lasted from the 1870’s until the 1900’s. “The enthusiasm that marked the Brooklyn Bridge’s opening masked the grave problems that rampant urban growth entailed. Indeed, the era’s name, the Gilded Age, reflected this notion that the amazing achievements of the period were like a thin gold layer that covered many unresolved social problems.” (Visions of America, Dr. Keene).
The effects of the Industrial Revolution during the Gilded Age affected over 80% of the society, which was the working class. The working class had little to none power with they employers. Population was increasing at a vast rate. People were flocking to the urban areas which caused massive unemployment for workers in the beginning stages of the Industrial Revolution. This caused employers to have the power. The wages for the workers could be set as low as the employer wanted and caused extremely unsafe working conditions for the workers.
The first generation of the Industrial Revolution workers would work anywhere from 10 to 14 hours a day. This would mean that the average Industrial Revolution worker was working anywhere from 60 to 84 hours a week this caused the workers to come together to create a labor movement. This movement forced employers to greatly improve the working conditions and the wages for their employee’s.
Keene, Jennifer D., Visions of America: A History of the United States, Vol 2, 3e, Pearson, 2017.