Strike, After Strike, After Strike! Essay

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Strike, after strike, after strike! “ The past is not dead, in fact it’s not even past.” -- William Faulkner Nothing in life ever just fades or disappears; many problems, even trends may dissipate for a period of time but they eventually come back around with minor adjustments, amendments, or improvements. The same concept applies to history. THe things that can be changed or improved are often times done so changing the situation slightly at times. It’s been happening that for years now even before the 1800’s. Think about war, gas prices, inequality, the rising prices of all basic essentials. These are problems currently still occurring that we’ve seen before. That is exactly what is meant in William Faulkner’s quote; the past, which is history, is never completely done. Somehow or another, with minor adjustments it will recur. Because of this, history is extremely important. Once someone begins to understand history, they will also understand a lot more about the present and the underlying reasons for the problems that are currently being experienced. “He who controls the past, also controls the future,” (Crabtree). The Progressive Era, which occurred in the early twentieth century (1890-1920) paved the way for several laws to be put forward by Congress in order to improve the well-being and to protect worker’s rights such as minimum wage, maximum shifts, inspections in order to stay on top of safe working conditions. It also paved the way for the well-being of consumers. This era was supposed to ensure safety as well as fairness for all worker’s. Before these legislations were set into place, the amount of hours that people were working were outrageous. Particularly because they were getting paid next to none but also because it was impossible to work safely and cautiously under extreme fatigue, which is what they were doing. It was also impossible to make

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