How Successful Was Organized Labor in Improving the Position of Workers in the Period from 1875 to 1900? Analyze the Factors That Contributed to the Level of Success Achieved.

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The years following the Civil War and Reconstruction was an era somewhat gilded. The Second Industrial Revolution came about with new inventions, and revolutionized how factories and jobs were worked. Factory workers in this time period were working in poor conditions and had no power whatsoever. Often they were abused and their wages were cut very low. The mass immigration also did not favor laborers as it made them so easy to replace. In order to fight back laborers would join labor unions in order to protest; however, during this time the labor unions were not that affective during 1875 and 1900 because although they had their efforts many of them would not work to their advantage; efforts would give them a bad reputation, go out of …show more content…
There were a few killed and they were then associated with this event.

The New York Times once again published an article about the strikers. This one is an example how labor unions would get out of hand. Document G shows the dead list of the Homestead Strike. In this list you can see the Pinkerton detectives that were used in order to infiltrate these labor unions. They were used to keep the peace with the unions and the factories. Most of the dead are from Homestead, one was labeled a striker others as employed. Regardless it shows that the people of Homestead lost this battle and after this riot. Several of the strikers appear to come from different ethnic groups (Markowisky and Sotak for example was probably of Eastern European origin and others appear to be of German or English ancestry) making it hard to organize & management sometimes deliberately divided their workers in this manner. After the event all were fired and wages were cut, proving that these labor unions were ineffective. "Too many cooks spoil the broth" is another example how labor unions began to lose control.
Too many groups are fighting to represent laborers and this lack of unity hurts the labor movement. The involvement of anarchists and socialists, although small groups within the labor movement, allow their enemies to brand all labor groups as "radical." The Knights of Labor and the labor…

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