The American Laborer, Factory Worker, And Farmer Workers

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For the American laborer, factory worker, and farmer, the early twentieth century addressed a wide multitude of social and economic issues all across the board. Immigration, World War II and all of its supports and anti-war protests, the strong governmental reinforcement of laws that prohibited alcohol, radical literature, and any behavior that was considered “unpatriotic,” this century was full of revolutionary change. But one of the most notable issues of this time was the public growth of Socialism, an economic theory in which manufactured goods and delivery were governed not by the elite, but by the community as a whole. Between 1915 and 1920 especially, Socialism was beginning to pick up speed, as it had originated from the tense cracks that had begun to grow and fester between the working class and bourgeois. While the elite enjoyed the lavish wealth and ample opportunities that were available to only them alone, working class Americans gradually grew dissatisfied by their unsanitary conditions, 10 to 12 hour dangerous workdays, and very little pay. It was no wonder that during this time, the IWW and the phenomenon known as “strike fever” was born.
With workers taking their livelihoods into their own hands, they began showing open rapport for Socialism by going on frequent strikes, petitioning, and actively advocating for better pay. As expected, this strike fever was troublesome to wealthy employers, seen as mere shenanigans made by lazy lower-class and immigrant…
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