Theodore Roosevelt Inhumane Work Conditions

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After the assassination of William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States of America. Roosevelt, also known as Teddy or T.R., was the first president to win the Nobel Peace Prize as well as the only to win the Medal of Honor. Although few presidents were multilingual, remarkably, Roosevelt knew six languages and wrote thirty-six books. Modern-day presidents are known for being family oriented, oddly enough when Roosevelt moved to the White House it had been years since children resided there. I’m sure with kids ranging from 4 to 17 years old the White House was filled with amusement. During his presidency, Roosevelt was ambitious and not at all apprehensive of how citizens perceived him. Succeeding the Civil …show more content…
Of course under paid immigrant workers would be on that list and you would be right. The Triangle Waist Company in New York City was a prime example of inhumane work conditions. If you think about what a staffing company does today, you will have an idea of how the owners subcontracted work and collected a percentage of the earnings. The difference is they were paid low wages and work extremely long hours. Italian and European Jewish immigrants were the majority subjected to these unsanitary and treacherous working conditions. Contrary to their belief, they were hoping to come to the United States for a prominent life. Can you imagine going to work and being docked pay for simply talking or going to the restroom? Looking at the photos of their horrendous work space is mind blowing. It was unsettling to discover that 67% of Los Angeles garment factories and 63% of New York garment factories violated minimum wage laws. Astoundingly, 97% of Los Angeles factories have health and safety issues that lead to serious injuries or even death. In 1910 a grievance system was established by the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) due to the cloak makers’ strike. Obviously, the owners turned a blind eye to the worker’s rights, which brought forth a tragic fire on March 25, 1911. Many believed there could have been more survivors if had not been for the meager conditions they were forced to endure. The doors were locked due to owners thinking workers were stealing materials from the shop. The fire escape on the 9th floor bent from the weight of the factory workers trying to escape the fire. Fire fighters ladders and water hose were too short. Some made the horrifying decision to jump to their death in order to avoid being burned alive. Lack of fire inspections and safety precautions subsequently killed 146 immigrant

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