Working in factories was not an easy life for people

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Working in factories was not an easy life for people. It was almost unbearable for them. There were eleven hour days, six days a week, with dangerous, noisy, and unsanitary working conditions. Women who sewed were not given appropriate lighting and had to carry their machines on their backs. Laborers were locked in their space and had to come in sick. They were also paid by the piece, which made speed very important. Fire exits were locked to keep out union organizers and to keep women focused on their job. While working, the women were not allowed to talk to each other, and if they did and got caught, they would get fired. Wilson created many acts that had to do with the bettering of labors, like the Clayton Act, Keating-Owen Act, and Adamson Act. The Clayton Act of 1914, was the extension and strengthening of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890. This act gave the government even more power against trusts and big businesses. It outlawed unfair, competitive practices, which was definitely a help to the smaller businesses. The Keating-Owen Act of 1916 made child labor in the manufacture of goods sold in interstate commerce illegal. Muckracker, Lewis Hine, was a photographer that took pictures of child laborers. The Adamson Act established an eight-hour
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workday for railroad workers. This was good for the working class because overworking yourself can only hurt yourself in the end. Working too long in those unsanitary conditions could cause people to get sick.
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