Workers response to changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution

Workers response to changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution.

Workers organized strikes.

  1. “Great Upheaval” railroad strike of 1877.
  2. “Haymarket Affair” of 1886 in support of the 8-hour work day.
  3. “Homestead Lockout” of 1892 for the right to keep the steel union alive.
  4. “Pullman Railroad Strike” of 1894 when worker’s wages were cut 28%.

 

Workers organized unions.

There were three different philosophies for organized labor.

  1. Knights of labor – idealistic.
  2. American Federation of labor (AFL) – practical.
  3. Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) – revolutionary.
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