Apush 2000 Dbq Analysis

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Elana Shpunt
March 13, 2017

To what extent was organized labor in improving the position of workers in the 19th century successful? After several years of Reconstruction and proceedings of the Civil War; the Gilded Age commenced as the American economy and population emerged in premodern civilization. In the Nineteenth century, the Second Industrial Revolution altered the factory system and how jobs were operated. As the factory system succeeded, so did the egregious working conditions. Industry workers took initiative to their civil liberties and created labor unions, however, they weren't as affective in the late 1800s due to: the disunity among labor societies, the negative view upon organized labor, and the fact that strikes
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W. KLINE, Pinkerton detective, of Chicago… a number of others are reported dead, but the Coroner has no official notification of their death…” (Document G) This document refers to the Homestead Strike and Lockout; where it included a list of men that died. Many of the men on the list were part of Homestead, but only one was regarded as a striker. When only one group of people were protesting for better working conditions, the competence of the protest was inherently modulated than a strike that included a diverse array of workers. However, most labor unions consisted of white males from different ethnic backgrounds (immigrants). Those who protested in the Homestead Strike of 1892 were white immigrants from different parts of Europe. The union, having men who did not share a common individuality and were from various European backgrounds lead to disunity within labor societies and facilitated damage to the labor movement. Another example that supports the notion that strikes cause violence is derived from the source, Editorial, The New York Times, July 18, 1877, “the strike is apparently hopeless…but they have the sympathy of a large part of the community in which they live in…” (Document B) The organized labor movement was not communal with all American people. There was a growing consternation for the rise of organized labor throughout the country. As strikes and protests became increasingly more violent, more citizens started to see these movements as extreme. The newspapers had a pivotal role in the propagating labor movements as radical as well. Examples that support that notion is, The Great Railroad Strike 1877 and the Haymarket Riot 1886 which were both union efforts to get higher pay and better the welfare of

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