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would become involved if any monopolizing were to occur. President Cleveland was not enforcing an effective regulation on the laws. Congress passed the Interstate Commerce Act in 1887. It prohibited rebates and pools and required the railroads to publish their rates openly. It also forbid unfair discrimination against shippers and outlawed charging more for a short haul than for a long one over the same line. Most important it set up the
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ICC to administer and enforce the new legislation. The ICC did was not necessarily popular with corporate wealth. The new legislation provided an orderly forum where competing business interests could resolve their conflicts in peaceable ways. The country would now avoid ruinous rate wars among the railroads. This was an okay accomplishment but by no means an unimportant one. The ICC stabilized, not revolutionized. It was the first large scale attempt by Washington to regulate business in the interest of society at large. 4. What was the effect of the new industrial revolution on the American laborers, and how did various labor organizations attempt to respond to the new conditions? The effect of the new industrial revolution on the American laborers and the standard way of living rose sharply. American workers enjoyed more physical comforts than the counterparts in any other industrial nation. Urban centers grew as the factories demanded more American labor and immigrants swarmed to the new jobs. Agriculture declined compared to now manufactured goods. The concept of time was revolutionized, now workers scheduled their time around the factory whistle. Industrial labor did not come easy and sometimes had to be taught. Farmers and independent producers were becoming a nation of wage earners. Real wages were rising and it was good for workers who were working. An employs wage would depend upon the swings of the economy and the factory owner. Reformers tried to introduce measures of security for workers to have stable work and wages. Fir labor organizations to form many people had to stand up for stability and higher wages. Strikes arose to challenge the powers of the boss. Workers were not allowed to combine into unions to raise wages. The National Labor Union organized in 1866, represented a giant movement by workers. Black workers unionized their own Colored National Labor Union but because they supported the Republican Party prevented the two national unions from working with each other. The Knights of labor sought to include all workers in “one big union”. Their Union was completely secret so that no one would find out about their conspiracies. They campaigned for economic and social reform. The Haymarket square bomb where the knights of labor were destroyed, their protests had very little success. . The elitist American Federation of Labor soft pedaled attempts to create a social reform. He promoted a pure and simple unionism, and they were able to ride out prolonged strikes.
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