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Muckraking A study of the muck
Muckraking The exposing or revealing of corruption in the government or private business to the public
Chicago’s Union Stock Yards
The Jungle’s effect Government created sanitation laws and other restrictions for the meat companies – This made food products safer Made Chicago’s industry the focus of America
Robber Barons One of the American industrial or financial tycoons who became wealthy by unethical means, such as exploitation of labor – Think monopoly guy Cornelius Vanderbilt was considered one Argued for “laissez faire” – What is laissez faire?
John D. Rockefeller President of Standard Oil Company – ExxonMobil, Chevron, Conoco, BP, Marathon Accused of being a robber baron – corrupt boss He had $257.6 BILLION in today’s dollars – Bill Gates only has $100 billion
Labor Unions Why would you want to be in a labor union? – What does a labor union accomplish?
Haymarket Square Riot Chicago, May 4, hour work day was scheduled to be implemented on May 1, 1886 Some bosses weren’t following that law Someone threw a bomb at the police Most people thought it was an anarchist or socialist. Why?
Haymarket Square Riot The media may have distorted the event The governor pardoned some of the people convicted in the deaths of police officers – Labor union population dropped dramatically International Labor Day is on May 1 st – Ours is in September – May 1 in the U.S. is Law Day
Labor Injustices We talked about robber barons who paid low wages and had disgusting working conditions Bosses weren’t afraid to hire children
Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire Women working in a shirt factory Factory caught fire on the 8 th, 9 th, and 10 th floors 146 workers died
Progressive Era a period of reform which lasted from the 1890s to the 1920s