Antanas Kaztauskis Character Analysis

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Antanas Kaztauskis was an immigrant from Lithuania who came over to America during the time of the industrial revolution. His time in America gives us just a small glimpse of how arduous life was at the time for the poor, unskilled worker, especially as an immigrant. He chronicles how upon his arrival, he had to search for jobs, and the search was a brutal one, with nearly 200 in line to get a job, all of them “tired and hungry”(Kaztauskis DH,pg.5). Over the course of the industrial revolution, many people struggled to go out and find jobs whilst struggling to have enough food to eat. And after they finally got jobs, life wasn’t at all ideal. Antanas tells of getting his first job at a slaughter house and holding the job 6 weeks before being …show more content…
Many workers could not do anything to help themselves, but instead struggled and fought against one another for higher wages, more power, and a better life. The bourgeoise had no problem in the socioeconomic sense, and this was in part due to how they treated the proletariat. They underpaid them, made them work long hours and perform intense labor, only to keep the majority of the money to support themselves and their families and become even more rich. The workers would work from before sunrise to past sunset, and struggled to survive in the harsh, capitalistic economy with a focus on efficiency at all costs. There was an imbalance in power, which lead to an imbalance in wealth as well as quality of life. In a rapidly-expanding, economically developing America during the industrial revolution, work and life were horrid for the working class, due to being overworked, having greedy bosses, and the uneven distribution of wealth between the bourgeoisie and …show more content…
After Americans set up a minimum wage and hour restrictions to help the American worker, many businesses found other ways to increase their economic efficiency. Rather than have Americans to produce and manufacture goods as once was post 1850, many companies would rather outsource to poor countries throughout the world, such as India, Bangladesh, etc,. These countries typically have many citizens living similar lives to the proletariat during the Industrial era, underpaid, overworked, and with very little control. Therefore, the Proletariat in America has not changed much, but rather found other means of sustaining their financial

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