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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Haymarket and Pullman Strike MartinsburgRailroad Strike Pittsburgh Railroad Strike BaltimoreRailroadStrike Strikes of the Gilded Age Causes? Technology GovernmentCorruption Big Business Inventions increased work efficiency, but resulted in the deaths of many workers in the factories and in dangerous construction sites. With less stress on the need for skilled laborers, wages decreased due to little requirements needed to carry out the task Government lacked a central power and authority to implement laws on the workplace. Practicing lassez-faire, the government turned a blind-eye to the abuseon the workers by the economic powerhouses of the time. Economic Powerhouses sought to dominate the economy, as they used specific tactics to earn the wealth they pursued for. These tactics included trusts, cartels and monopolies. Monopolies meant lower wages, as the powerhouses knew they could regulate their company any way they chose. Effects? Reactions Economy Politics Employers begin to resist unions. Government put laws on the workers. Workers followed boom & bust emotions according to the success of their strike. The national public sympathized for the laborers, but did not appreciate anarchy. Businesses often took big blows during and after the strikes, but over time, they reverted back to their original state. The efficiency of rebounding back onto a successful business was incredible, as the strikes seemed to have never existed. The Knights of Labor rapidly declined, and with the remaining participators, the populist party was formed. This party fought primarily to ensure rights for the people, and became a strong contender in national politics through the end of the 1800's and into the early 20th century. Legend Major Strike Minor Strike
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