Lect. 3-1 - The Workers & Labor Unions 1870-1900 What...

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1870-1900 What were some of the new sources of labor in the United States during the late 19th century? Describe their working conditions. How did laborers attempt to improve these conditions? More workers in factories, and less real skill in the trades, because they are made into a construction line, where sometimes you just staple a lace on a boot all day 1. New Sources of Labor a. Rural migration i. From the middle of the US (small farmers) have to take industry jobs just to make a living b. Immigration i. c. Women i. Larger share of textile workers (younger women) ii. If married, it was disgraceful for her to have to work. (supposed to be able to live on the “family wage” that the husband received) d. Children - 1910 - 25% i. Under age of 18 (as young as 5 –factory minimum wage was 12yrs-) ii. Coal fields, messengers, cigar fields, dock-workers iii. Was initially a very acceptable form of labor 1. was just a branching off of the old chores around a farm 2. Working Conditions a. Work Hours i. 10-12hrs a day, 6days a week ii. Argument for long hours “They’ll only cause trouble if they are let
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Lect. 3-1 - The Workers & Labor Unions 1870-1900 What...

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