Opinions Throughout History:
Worker's Rights & Wages
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Opinions Throughout History:
Worker's Rights & Wages
Pub. Date: April 2022
ISBN: 978-1-63700-138-7
Price: $195
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Opinions Throughout History: Worker's Rights & Wages traces the struggles of the American work force from early workers’ strikes in the colonies and the famous Boston Tea Party to recent attempts by Amazon employees to unionize. Improvements in the lives of workers were slow in coming, and Americans in the modern workforce owe such standard features as the 5-day workweek and the 8-hour workday to the protests of workers in the nation’s past. The battles between company ownership and the workforce often turned violent, and this volume explores in detail the mining wars and the Haymarket Affair, one of the most influential moments in labor history.
Public opinion varied about the labor movement, often influenced by how striking workers were presented in the press, but the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of the deadliest industrial accidents in U.S. history, was another major turning point in gaining public sympathy for the working conditions of laborers. As workers slowly gained advances in wages and other areas, race and gender barriers also began to fall, and child labor laws eventually brought about the end of America’s tragic history of children in the workforce.
No discussion of workers’ rights would be complete without the history of the labor unions, from the earliest trade unions created in the late 1700s to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and beyond. Public opinion on unions was also complicated, especially in the era of organized crime involvement in the Teamsters. Robber barons and antitrust laws, the Great Depression, the farm labor movement, right-to-work laws, professional sporting strikes, the assembly line and robots, and our new virtual work world are some of the topics that round out the discussion. A special feature of this volume is a “State of Labor” sidebar that tracks basic earnings and cost of living for workers, grounding the historical analysis with a real world glimpse into what it took to earn a living at different points in American history. Although significant improvements have been made in workplace safety and other areas, wage inequality is still very much a problem in the 2020s, with most Americans unable to keep up with inflation or to build equity.

The chapters are as follows:
  • Working in Colonial America
  • Coming Together
  • Women's Work
  • The Engine of America
  • The Ultra Rich
  • A National Movement
  • Dangerous Conditions
  • Liberty Above All
  • Sons and Daughters of Toil
  • A Matter of Trusts
  • Leading Labor
  • Child Labor in the United States
  • Workplace Efficiency
  • Safety in the Workplace
  • Misplaced Trust
  • Red Herrings
  • The Mine Wars
  • Legal Barriers
  • The Great Depression
  • The Right to Work
  • Organized Crime and Organized Labor
  • Farms and Fields
  • Carrying the Team
  • The Reagan Approach
  • Three Strikes
  • The Minimum Wage
  • The Workplace
  • The Weekend
  • Conclusion
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