The Rise Of Industrialization During The 19th Century Essay

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The rise of industrialization at the end of the 19th century could be perceived two different ways. Although large scale capitalists had managed to create a boom within the American economy by creating Monopolies that made the capitalists wealthy beyond measure, the view of the general public was fearful. For it was the working class man that truly felt the harsh conditions they were subject to across all industries. In the gilded age, Chicago meatpacking company was the standard for how raw meats would be processed and distributed amongst the nation. It was the head of the meat industry; with the meatpacking industry thousands of jobs were available, yet it was because of monopoly capitalism that the workers of this company were afraid. Wages were low, hours exceeded twelve hour days, and working environment was horrendous. In its day it was industry unregulated by the government. The workers of the company had no leg to stand on when it came to demanding more ideal working conditions. This life style led to the working class forming the realization that they were simply wage earners, and that is foreseeably all they would ever be. This realization terrified and enraged the working class. With manufacturing dominating the economy of America workers of all sorts began forming unions as a progressive way of achieving the work conditions they desired. This led to the formation of the Knights of Labor, a labor union whose explosion in membership began the push for reform that…

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