Labor Unions in the US Descriptive Essay by kaleighleigh

Labor Unions in the US
A discussion on the rise of labor unions and their achievements.
# 115530 | 1,233 words | 15 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 31, 2009 in History (U.S. After 1865) , Labor Studies (General)


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Description:

This paper discusses the rise of labor unions and what working conditions were like before labor unions. The paper fist relates that, with the rise in industry, workers were viewed as merely extensions of the machines that they operated, with their factory owners not caring about endangering them. The paper then looks at the National Labor Union, the first national labor federation in the United States and how it led to the formation of the American Federation of Labor. The paper also looks at the American Railway Union and the Industrial Workers of the World international union. The paper describes the Great Railway Strike, the Haymarket affair and the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire. The paper also outlines the main leaders of the labor unions.

From the Paper:

"With the rise in industry, workers were viewed as merely extensions of the machines that they operated. They lost their identity as people which resulted in low wages and long hours. Factory owners did not care about endangering their employees. Industries such as the cotton trade were particularly difficult conditions as steam engines made the workplace very hot. Machinery was also not blocked off thus workers were exposed to the moving parts of the machines all day. ("Working Conditions During the Industrial Revolution.")
"Garment factories operated on a sweatshop system. The poorly ventilated rooms made the work uncomfortable while workers sat side by side doing a small piece of the work and passing it on to the next person. With this system, a worker would never be skilled enough to make an entire garment. Oftentimes workers were forced to stay late into the night until all the work was done or else they would not be paid for the day's work. ("What was the effect of the industrial revolution on factory workers?.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Working Conditions During the Industrial Revolution." Schools History. Schoolshistory.org.uk. 9 Feb 2008 <http://www.schoolshistory.org.uk/IndustrialRevolution/workingconditions.htm>.
  • "What was the effect of the industrial revolution on factory workers?." The Social Studies Help Center. 9 Feb 2008 <http://www.socialstudieshelp.com/Lesson_47_Notes.htm>.
  • "Industrial Revolution." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 9 Feb 2008, 22:17 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 10 Feb 2008 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Industrial_Revolution&oldid=190260315>.
  • "National Labor Union." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 8 Jan 2008, 03:05 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 10 Feb 2008 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=National_Labor_Union&oldid=182877534>.
  • "Knights of Labor." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 8 Feb 2008, 11:52 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 10 Feb 2008 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Knights_of_Labor&oldid=189940213>.

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