In 1786 Philadelphia printers called the first strike in U. S. history in order to gain a minimum wage of $6 a week?
From 1835 until 1898 ship masters had the legal right to beat, wound, imprison, or withhold food from sailors, as long as they had "justifiable" cause for the punishment?
In Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1840, women textile workers outnumbered men 6,430 to 2,077?
In 1865 the Pennsylvania State Legislature gave railroads the right to organize private police forces
and extended that right in 1866 to all "corporations, firms, or individuals" involved in the coal and iron industry?
In the 1880s a baker worked as long as 16 hours a day
Monday through Friday, and 23 hours on Saturday -- and then another 5 hours on Sunday?
In the 1890s electrical linemen
worked 10 to 12 hour days on high-tension wires in all kinds of weather -- without any safety equipment or specialized training? And that structural iron workers
were called "cowboys of the skies" because they worked high atop skyscrapers without harnesses or safety nets? Both jobs easily qualified as dangerous work
In 1910 2 million children
under age 15 worked in industrial jobs – in glass factories, coal mines, textile mills, and clothing factories?
Between 1850 and 1900 the national economy collapsed three times-- in 1857, 1873, and 1893 -- causing mass unemployment and significant hardship?
Before 1935 workers had no right to organize or bargain collectively with employers?