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Rachel Hops Professor Braatz Hist 17 12 April 2020 Zinn Ch. 15 Questions What was “self-help,” and why was it such a threat to the capitalist economy? The term "self-help" in the 1920s relates to people within the United States having to im- prove their society without the help of certain organizations, such as the government. This move- ment became very important to citizens that were not in the top percent of the country. Most of these people included factory workers and farmers. The organizations that protected these work- ers were beginning to have a lot of trouble and were falling apart. "The war was hardly over, it was February 1919, the IWW leadership was in jail, but the IWW idea of the general strike be- came reality for five days in Seattle, Washington, when a walkout of 100,000 working people brought the city to a halt" (Zinn 1). Self-help was a danger to a capitalist economy for a couple of reasons. The biggest reason was that the top percent wealthiest people in the country needed these workers that were going on strike rather than working. For a while, these business owners got away with putting low wages, bad working conditions, and strenuous hours on their workers.

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