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Essay Horrible Working Conditions During the Industrial Revolution

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After the civil war, up until the early 1900s, the need for a larger workforce grew as industrialization expanded. Samuel Slater brought the industrial revolution from England, and even since then, there were people trying to get better working conditions. Due to the growth in population by immigrants and expansion of industrialization, the working conditions became worse and worse, causing workers to suffer. Many people fought to solve this problem and changed many American’s lives for the better. The working conditions in factories were so bad during this time that it often led to sickness, injuries and death. People who worked in mines had to face many dangerous disadvantages every day. The working conditions in mines were very unsafe,…show more content…
It was not until 1902 that things really turned around. Unions formed to fight for workers and child laborers. Workers went on strike to earn a fair living wage and in 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt stepped in. His commission saw the truth awarded mine workers a wage increase and a nine-hour day. The department of Labor formed to help fix problems of the American worker. New York banned children from working under the age of sixteen for more than nine hours in a factory. To improve safety, in 1911, New York passed laws requiring fire escapes, fire drills and wired windows in all factories. In the next year, New York also passed a law requiring factory workers to have a “one-day-of-rest-in-seven”, meaning they needed to have at least one day break each week. After that, New York also made it illegal to hire children to do factory work in tenements or canneries, and made a fifty four- hour workweek the maximum for any working person under eighteen. (Doc 2) Lastly, in 1914, New York passed a Workmen’s Compensation Law to provide payments for workers injured in factories. Before, when a person was injured, compensation was not provided to workers. If they were hurt on the job, a worker would receive nothing. Factories were dangerous, and it was a very common occurrence of being hurt on the job. Workers picketed and protested until they received their rights (Doc 4). Unions that were formed made demands for the well-being of workers. People continued
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