Industrial Working Conditions in 1900s


IndustrialWorking Conditions in 1900s

IndustrialWorking Conditions in 1900s

Inthe first decade of the 1900s, the most serious problem in Americawas poor industrial working conditions marked with low pay,overworking and job instability. This problem was mostly experiencedby the factory workers who were mostly immigrants to the UnitedStates. For Example, Sinclair (1905) exposes the working conditionsin the meat packing factories, which supplied Americans with meat.The products were produced in unsanitary factory conditions andpassed forward to the American market. This problem was more seriousthan others because these workers determined the type of productsthat were sold in the United States (Barnes &amp Bowles, 2014). Thismade the problem of poor working and industrial conditions apertinent issue at the time.Tosolve the problems, Americans attempted to resist the workingconditions by protesting over the issues affecting them. They engagedin unions and industrial disputes with the employers in order tofight for better working conditions (Brezzina, 2005). For instance,workers in the meat packing industry around Chicago organized thestockyard strike in 1904, which sought to advocate for their plight.The industrial actions were organized to fight for better wages andmanageable working hours.Theefforts of the workers to fight for their rights were effective inexposing the problems in the industries. The strikes providedactivists and writers like Sinclair with information about theproblem, and a basis of exposing them. However, the industrialactions did not solve the problem because most people still remainedunder poor working conditions. Workers were still being paid poorly,worked for long hours and their working environment were notaddressed fully at the time. According to Gilbert (2012), this isbecause factories sought for more profits by minimizing the costs oflabor. This continued to the entire century and finds itself as aproblem facing industrial workers even in current day. References

Barnes,L. &amp Bowles, M. (2014). The American story: Perspectives andencounters from 1877. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Brezzina,C. (2005). TheIndustrial Revolution in America: A Primary Source History ofAmerica`s Transformation Into an Industrial Society.New York: The Rosen Publishing Group

Gilbert,R. (2012). TheProgressive Era.RetrievedFrom, &lt June 15,2015

Sinclair,U. (1905). The Jungle. Girard,Kansas: J.A. Wayland Publisher