Industrial Workers of the World

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  • Industrial Strikes In The Knights Of Labor's Case

    A factory in Homestead, Pennsylvania which manufactured steel caused one of the biggest turning points towards the creation of the early unions. In this factory, working conditions were oppressive. Workers would work twelve hour shifts in pitch black rooms. Accidents would occur like getting caught in the machinery and losing limbs. Cases of third degree burns from exploding hot steel were common. Unions would form amongst the workers to protect their rights against these casualties. Besides these harsh conditions, workers were also concerned of wage cuts that may be made the factory’s owner, Andrew Carnegie. This was a strange move made by Carnegie who preached laborers to unionize into the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers…

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  • Eugene Victor Debs: The Bending Cross

    mines—reaching insurrectionary levels in some places—after the bosses cut wages by 25 percent. Eugene Debs grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana, a town that served the corn-growing and hog-raising farmers and was tied by railroads to the Midwest industrial centers. Here he got his first job for the railroad painting signs, which put him in touch with an industry and way of life that soon captivated him. Shortly before Christmas in 1871, Debs got his big chance, replacing a drunken railroad fireman…

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  • Labor Relations In The Pacific Northwest

    Labor conflicts arose latent with strong ties to changing racial relations in workforce. Opposition to the changing face of the common worker propagated great dissention throughout the white community. Race acted as the dominant factor in an individual’s work ethic. In the early 19th century, all minorities were marginalized into labor undesirable and considered to be “work repugnant to the white man.” However, some races were preferred over others. In a special report by the Washington State…

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  • Main Causes: The Red Scare 1920's

    The Red Scare:1920 The Red Scare of 1920, starting in the middle of the first world war and ending about three years after. It was the wide spread panic across America, the fear of communism mixed with political racism. The Red Scare started from different causes, including the Bolshevik Revolution and World War one, the growing fear of immigration, radical and the socialist party, many different people played large and important roles. Another main cause is the Bolshevik revolution. The…

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  • American Industrial Workers From 1865 To 1900

    government assistant and expanding domestic markets. The American industrial workers during this time period, 1865 to 1900, faced a shift from the typical agrarian society to an industrial society, and were greatly impacted, although negatively, by the introduction of new technologies (technology changes), immigration and labor unions. Some of the major advances in the communication in the era included transatlantic telegraph cable, development of telephone by Alexander Graham Bell, invention…

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  • Compare And Contrast The Red Scare Of The 1920s

    frighten the American people more about the rise of Communism. It scared them to the point that communists, anarchists, socialists, and even Americans feared these raids because of the inhumane punishments prisoners were put through. Convicts would be put in chambers with no working bathrooms, little food, and be beaten constantly.5 Though most feared the harsh reparations, the majority of cases made against the communists resulted in the suspects being released because there was little to no…

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  • Helen Keller: A New Way Of Life

    most of them were inspirational and appeared in various magazines. By the year of 1968, Helen wrote a total of twelve books with the help of Anne Sullivan. As she was writing her books, she gained a strong insight and belief in Socialism. Helen became a national supporter and follower of socialism and later identified herself as a socialist. Because of her strong beliefs in this system, she wrote articles and column in newspapers which gained the support of people. “In 1908, she…

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  • The Positive Effects Of The Industrial Revolution

    The Industrial Revolution created a faster mode of transportation, the Steam Engine. The steam engine positively affected the people in the Industrial Revolution and so did the factories built. The Industrial Revolution, itself, had helped create many new inventions that made farming, writing, and traveling more easier for the people of the revolution. Although many children and factory workers faced many problems, it eventually led to the Factory Acts and the School Sites Acts, some of the…

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  • How Did The Industrial Revolution Affect The Lives Of Industrial Workers

    The Industrial Revolution and Its Impact On Workers The Industrial Revolution started in Britain from 1750-1900 and was a time of important industrial change. It had a severe impact on the lives of industrial workers in Britain. This is for three main reasons, firstly, that workers had dangerous working conditions with little safety precautions and limited resources. Secondly, that anybody could have to work in order to survive including children and pregnant women, and finally, because they…

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  • Organized Labor In The 1800s

    Executive Summary History (Mackenzie) Throughout history there has been many events that have taken place that lead the United States to developing organized labor. In the 1800’s workers had minimal protection. During this time period workers could not come together to express their views. Employees could not fight for a wage increase, or health benefits, it was considered to be illegal. Organized labor was developed to offer protection for workers, give them…

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