2000 Apush Dbq

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Zack Seldes
2000 DBQ

The Second Industrial Revolution skyrocketed with new inventions and machines and changed how factories and jobs were worked. As the industries grew, so did the need for unions among the workers. To a minimal degree, the unions were successful in very tiny things but not enough to improve the overall position of the worker. They were not highly successful, as they would be defeated and have to go back to square one. The ruthless determination of big business to shut down unions and not budge on negotiations helped them come out as successor in the battle of worker vs. boss. Although most things hurt unions, a couple helped. It is obvious that the position of workers increased, but not as much for it to be a huge deal. From 1875-1891, the number of hours worked decreases and the average wages increased (Doc. A). This showed that collective bargaining was possible and that it had great effects that were to be uncovered. When people did not get what want from their employers, they usually went on strikes to force a negotiation into play. Since the workers were the ones doing the work, they demanded better conditions and wages, and had to come together as one to get their point across (Doc. B). Although the rise of organized labor helped increase the standing of the workers, it tore our nation apart when it came to the economy. Basically, when you have very powerful people running the show, they execute things that go in their favor. Based on capitalism, the economy operates on free markets and not big business controlling everything (Doc. C).   Big business and industrialization were taking over the economic system and agriculture was becoming less important. Technological advances were booming and diminishing the need for laborers (Doc. D). A trade could have been divided into many small tasks which require much less skill. It then took 100 men what it took 300-400 men to do fifteen years ago. In an attempt to halt unions from...
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