Workers Rights in the 1890s

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Josh Taylor
Mr. Potoshnik
U.S History per 4th
10 January 2011
Workers Rights
The patient comes in and says “Doctor! I just cut my foot open and I need emergency surgery done or else I will loose the ability to use my foot again!” The Doctor replies “Well if you had any Medicare from your job or any kind of rights I would be able to perform the surgery for you so you could keep working. But then again you could be replaced because you will be inactive for a while too.” “Yeah your right!” replies the patient. Work in the 1890s was tough many people didn’t have a choice but to go to work injured or sick. Many people were killed during the 1800s due to working with out and sort of benefit; over 3,000 deaths a year were reported . People who tried to keep working through the pain had a lot of other issues that came up later in life.

Workers rights in the 1800s affected a wide range of people, from the rich to the middle class to the lower class. This affected the different classes in different ways, the lower class had to work no matter what was wrong, if they broke a bone or were injured they had to keep going or they would be replaced. The middle class were the same way having to work just to make enough to live and have a little extra for other things; they had to work no matter what their injury was. The rich people tend to be the ones who own the company or business, they work no matter what as well, but they have money and benefits whereas the middle and lower class people don’t. Economically it affects the workers because if they don’t work the owners can find people to replace them, that way the product is still delivered on time and there is no loss in customers. The people who benefit from this most are the owners of the company, because no matter what the product will be done and sold to the customer, and the customer because no matter what they are getting the product on time, and how they want it. Others who might benefit are some in the middle...
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