St. Cyr 1 Conflicting Views about Labor Unions Looking back at American history, the mid 1800’s was one of the most impactful periods our nation has witnessed. America transformed from an agricultural society to an industrialized society in what seemed like the blink of an eye to many. One of the biggest struggles in the beginning of the industrial revolution regarded wealthy elitists and oppressed working class citizens. It was a new society filled with factories and factory workers, as well as many looking for jobs. The workers and unemployed sat helpless under the dominance of factory owners. It was a period where the rich became richer and the poor fell even poorer. As the oppressed people tried to rise up, even more conflict came about. At this point in time, many wondered if the working man would be able to strive for equality, and only time could tell. The men and women of the labor force needed a voice, and they could not do it alone; the only chance they had was through the creation of the union. The debate between N.F Thompson and Samuel Gompers exemplifies the drastic opposing views at the time. The two stood on very different viewpoints on the social change that could be the biggest of the era. With the immense changes that America endured during this period came multiple conflicting opinions on almost every topic. One of the biggest was the debate on labor unions.
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