The Workers Of The Late 1800 ' S Essay

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Workers of the late 1800’s were overworked and underpaid and the amount of wageworkers tripled. Their ages ranging from children to adults and of all different skills and levels. The basic laborer were the most common type of workers. They are the ones that dug holes and helped build many of America’s first subways, railroads, bridges and buildings. Many were immigrants and would work for next to nothing running from the poor house and trying to scrape out a meager existence in their new world. Child labor was on the rise and it continued to rise until World War I. Woman were entering the workforce at a rapid increase and after the civil war many businesses were starting to expand giving way to the need for typewriters and salesclerks. These jobs were great for women and were easier than the factory floors. Machines were being introduced and workers were starting to lose jobs in the workplace. Andrew Carnegie was a leader in the machine resolution. He invested heavily in machines that allowed him to replace skilled workers with unskilled workers. Document 19-1 is proof of the conditions of the mills replacing the workers with the machines. Thomas O’Donnell talks about the mills selecting men with boys to work at the mills because they are smaller and can work in the ring spinning that replaced the mule spinning. Ring spinning expedited the process and allowed mills to hire cheaper labor. This left workers feeling unsure of their place in the workplace and lead to a…

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