Apush Unit 9 Frq Essay

865 Words Feb 26th, 2013 4 Pages
Kayla Trinh
Analyze the impact of any TWO of the following on the American industrial worker between 1865 and 1900.
The industrial revolution had been made known all over the world, causing huge waves of immigrants to crash into urban cities of the United States. Because of this, many factories sprang up and a typical American industrial worker had to face problems because of immigration and also labor unions, which were created in order to protect factory workers from unfair bosses.
Immigration was seen as a pro for business and factory owners for they were hungry for jobs and would take any no matter how little the pay. These immigrants were seen as ravenous job-stealing people that made the gap in
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Irish and Germans had a much easier time blending in while the Chinese stuck out. Immigration also caused discrimination. In the textile mills, where most women work, there would be signs that excluded Irish women. These had the words, “No Irish Need Apply” (NINA) printed in bold letters, prohibiting Irish immigrants to work.
The Industrial Revolution brought terrible conditions, low pay cuts for longer hours and dangerous machinery. Because of this, labor unions were formed. Workers would join into unions and protest in a group to their boss because they thought that working in a group would make the bosses think more intently. The bosses thought it was economically smarter to make agreements with the workers than to fire them and hire new workers with no experience in. There were two types of labor unions in factories: a closed shop or an open shop. These two greatly affected the American industrial worker because in a closed shop, every worker must join the union and if not; they could face serious consequences such as being beat up and open shop is a factory where workers are not required to join the union.
Labor unions had tactics of their own in order to attempt to get their way. They would often boycott, or go on strike. These labor unions garnered lots of attention and made the public aware of how horrible the factory workers were. Most of them went on strike in order to get the issue out and about.

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