Strikes During The Industrial Revolution

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Akyesha Hobbs U.S History-3rd Period 3 Strikes “One of the hallmarks of the labor movement, strikes are organized events in which workers stop production and refuse to return to their jobs until their demands are met. The most popular strike demands have historically been higher wages, shorter hours or safer working conditions. Strikes have been occurring in America since the Revolutionary era, but became increasingly prevalent during the Industrial Revolution. Some of the most famous strikes in American history, like the Homestead strike or the Ludlow Massacre, ended in violence as industry owners hired armed guards to break the strikes.” Threw out our United States history there have been many strikes. All wanting one thing, JUSTICE. Some may not know what a strike is, but a strike is a period of time during which people refuse to work, as a protest about pay or conditions of work. Many may ask Who was involved ? What were they fighting for? What was the out come? What’s the issue and grievances?…show more content…
Working 12 hours and pays getting cut because of depression , the Pullman workers began to walk out and protest. This had officially started the strike for Chicago. The members of the American Railway Union (ARU), soon joined them refusing to work on or run any trains , including Pullman-owned cars. Soon enough, 250,000 industry workers joined in the strike, effectively shutting down train traffic to the west of Chicago. The strike finally came to a end when President Grover Cleveland sent federal troops to Chicago on July 6, 1894. “The Pullman Strike was important because it was the first time a federal injunction had ever been used to break up a strike. George Pullman was no longer regarded as an enlightened employer who took care of his workers, but as a greedy and intolerant man. He was offended by his workers' ingratitude.” Cited By http://www.lib.niu.edu/1994/ihy941208.html

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