19th-Century Working Conditions

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Jackson Fickert-Rowland Period 1 11/17/16

Working Conditions at the Turn of the 19th Century:

The conditions of workplaces throughout the Industrial revolution were awful as time went on. Many businesses initially needed employees to work for them, and many applied, willing to work for low pay in exchange for unskilled labor. Because of the vast amount of workers, the companies set wages as low as they could so they could afford operating their business. People worked around fourteen to sixteen hours daily for six days a week. A large amount of these people were unskilled, however, so they only received about eight to ten dollars a week, around 10 cents per hour. Employees with more experience earned a little more money, but not much. Women often received one-third or even one-half the pay that men received. With child labor, the kids were paid even less working for up to fourteen hours per day, being useful for simpler, unskilled jobs. Their labor led to them having physical deformities due to the little amounts of sunlight and exercise they had. Adults did not want the
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If they refused, the ex-employees organized strikes and protests to fight against the business. But as more immigrants (some of them being illegal) came to the United States in search of jobs, more workers became available for hire. Despite the unfair treatment of the companies, including being blackmailed by CEOs to do what they wanted or leave the country if they did not have a visa, they were willing to do unskilled labor for low pay so they could have a job that would allow them to live in the country. This gave businesses enough of a labor force to replenish what they had lost from labor unions. Because of this, many labor unions had failed in their objective to receive the agreement they

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