By Paul Le Blanc
In addition to the most narrative, a bibliographical essay directs readers to vintage works and state-of-the-art scholarship within the box of U.S. hard work background in addition to to proper ¬fiction, poetry, and ¬films for additional exploration or research. The book’s mammoth thesaurus bargains transparent definitions and thought-provoking mini-essays for nearly 2 hundred phrases, from the main uncomplicated to the main complicated and technical.
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Extra resources for A Short History of the U.S. Working Class: From Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century
Within a few years, however, the drive for increased profits caused the factory-owners to drive their young workers harder and harder—and then turn to the labor of poor immigrants whom they hoped to be able to boss around more easily. Workplaces grew larger, and textile factories employed hundreds of children, young women, and men. Wages were low, hours long, conditions increasingly poor. Many New England factories especially relied on indigent women and children who were forced to work at jobs no one else would take.
At the same time, the ideals of the American Revolution continued to inspire many people—including some among the growing working class—to push for political and social reforms that would make the radical-democratic promises of the Declaration of Independence, especially the notion of equal rights for all, a reality. This reforming fervor resulted in struggles for public schools to benefit all children, the spread of volunteer associations (such as fire brigades) to benefit working-class communities, the more just and humane treatment of those living in poverty, campaigns against alcohol abuse, the spread of the abolitionist movement against slavery, and the struggle for women’s rights.
Labor reform struggles for such things as the ten-hour workday also attracted much working-class support. ’” Hard Times But fluctuating and volatile economic realities made it difficult to sustain labor organizations. ” Employers’ drive for efficient production threw large numbers of employees out of work but politicians believed that if the government intervened to help unemployed workers it would destroy their sense of self-sufficiency. Thus private charity and public relief were both meager and punitive.
A Short History of the U.S. Working Class: From Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century by Paul Le Blanc