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History Reference Center
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Broken Promises: Child Labor and Industrial Violence
Abstract: The article discusses the issue of child labor in the U.S. and around the world. Child labor has come to existence throughout history including the apprenticeships that were done by children to serve their masters within the Middle Ages and the American colonies of the British from 17th to 18th centuries, although child labor boomed during the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s all over U.S. and Europe. The U.S. passed the Fair Labor Standards in 1938 as part of the U.S. Constitution to ban child labor all over the country.
The Big Shift
Abstract: The article examines the development of U.S. democracy in the 35 year period following the Civil War. It looks at how the failures of the Reconstruction that led to economic depressions were not adequately addressed by the government. The author goes on to suggest that despite these failures, the U.S. became successful due to the industrial Revolution and the rapid technological, social, and economic changes that altered political structure.
The Good Old Days? Not for Machine Operators
Abstract: The article provides a brief history of industrial safety and workplace injuries in the U.S. The Industrial Revolution caused the relocation of manufacturing from small shops to factories which used powerful machines that were operated by inexperienced workers resulting in accidents. The lack of machine safeguarding features prompted the labor movement to call for factory safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was established in 1970.
Credo Reference Topic Page: Industrial Revolution
This is an overview page that highlights some of the database's best resources on the subject. Be aware that it will cover the Industrial Revolution in Europe as well as in the United States.
Historical Encyclopedia of American Labor
Abstract: Serving as the ideal place for students and interested readers to begin their research, this A-Z resource covers the history of organized labor in all of its complexity, from the dawn of the industrial revolution to the post-industrial age.
Librarian's note: You can search for subjects within the book! Just look for the box where it says: "Search within this title."
"Habits of Employees": Smoking, Spies, and Shopfloor Culture at Hammermill Paper Company
Abstract: An essay is presented on the subject of cigarette smoking among U.S. laborers in factories, corporate spying on workers, and the social culture of shopfloors in the U.S. during the 20th century. It examines the records of Erie, Pennsylvania, paper manufacturer Hammermill Paper Company concerning employee cigarette consumption, how employees attempted to evade corporate surveillance of their smoking, and labor relations in the U.S.
"Educate the Individual ... to a Sane Appreciation of the Risk"
Abstract: The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and the Workers Right to Know laws later in that decade were signature moments in the history of occupational safety and health. We have examined how and why industry leaders came to accept that it was the obligation of business to provide information about the dangers to health of the materials that workers encountered. Informing workers about the hazards of the job had plagued labor-management relations and fed labor disputes, strikes, and even pitched battles during the turn of the century decades. Industry's rhetorical embrace of the responsibility to inform was part of its argument that government regulation of the workplace was not necessary because private corporations were doing it.
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