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As result of the Industrial Revolution people in America earned more money most of which they used to open new businesses and factories There were now many different types of machines to do the work that people had to do themselves in the past Thus machines rapidly replaced people Now with less people working and getting paid there were people that could afford what these factories were making Most of the people working in the United States at this time were immigrants so they were forced to work for very low wages A working adult would be considered lucky to bring home a daily income of only 200 Kids on the other hand only made about 70 cents a day for spending their entire childhood sorting through coal or performing other strenuous jobs Most people worked between ten and fourteen hours each day with peanuts for income As result Chicago Illinois as well as many other cities in the United States fell into poverty However not all employees at this time were cruel and blackhearted Most at the time though just wanted to get the most out of their employees for the least amount of pay Soon the Labor Union movement started People in this union wanted to ban child labor increase pay and to create shorter workdays Conflict after conflict broke out spawning from the Labor Union many of which the police were brought in to settle By 1886 the major concern of the Labor Union was to establish an eight-hour workday By now there were several unions all of which could not agree with one another on how to fight for this rightfully deserved demand Finally the Knights of Labor who originated in Chicago organized a nation wide strike However the newspapers business leaders and politicians didnt agree with these actions They said the new eight-hour workday would promote loafing gambling rioting debauchery and drunkenness Simon Knowing that they would be fired workers
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