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George Meany

George Meany  

(1894–1980), labor leader.Born in New York City, George Meany in 1915 joined the United Association of Plumbers and Steam Fitters, his father's union. In 1922 he attained his first ...
homelessness

homelessness  

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A perennial problem in an unequal society in which people unable to pay for accommodation, or who lack the mental, emotional, or financial resources to maintain a dwelling to provide them with ...
Homestead strike

Homestead strike  

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(1892)A US labour dispute. It was the bitter climax of deteriorating relations between the Carnegie Steel Company at Homestead, outside Pittsburgh, run by Henry Clay Frick, and the Amalgamated ...
homework.

homework.  

Homework, or manufacturing in family residences, first became common in the shoe and textile industries. It characterized garment production in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and ...
immigration

immigration  

In genetics, the movement or flow of genes into a population, caused by immigrating individuals which interbreed with the residents. This is the usual source of new variation in a population, ...
immigration legislation

immigration legislation  

(New Zealand)New Zealand had an estimated population of around 1400,000 Maori people, and 2,000 Whites, in 1839. Immigration began in the 1840s as companies and settlers sought to make the country a ...
industrialization

industrialization  

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The process of change from a basic agrarian economy to an industrialized one. It was first experienced by Britain in the Industrial Revolution and at much the same time in the New England states of ...
labor Markets

labor Markets  

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A place where labour supply is exchanged for a wage. Labour markets can be identified by a combination of such factors as geography (local, regional, national, international), industry, education, ...
Lowell Mills.

Lowell Mills.  

The cotton textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, were the most famous factories in the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century. From them emanated innovations in technology ...
Meatpacking Industry

Meatpacking Industry  

At the start of the twentieth century, most U.S. meatpacking workers came from Eastern Europe, like the Lithuanians in Upton Sinclair's novel The Jungle (1906). By World War II companies ...
Migratory Agricultural Workers.

Migratory Agricultural Workers.  

Following the Civil War, a migratory labor system of mobile, low-paid workers emerged in the United States to meet the seasonal demands of expanding capitalist agriculture. Growers recruited an ...
mobility

mobility  

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1 Movement of persons from one place to another, described as geographical mobility, or from one social, economic, or occupational group to another, described as social mobility. Often there is a ...
Polish Americans.

Polish Americans.  

A few Poles settled in Jamestown and other colonies, and the Revolutionary War enlisted democratically inclined Polish nobles like the generals Kazimierz Pulaski and Tadeuz Kościuszko, a military ...
railways

railways  

Transport began in Ireland with the opening of the Dublin and Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) railway on 17 December 1834. This first line provided a link between the capital and the ...
Steel Strike of 1919.

Steel Strike of 1919.  

This strike marked the unsuccessful culmination of efforts to unionize mass-production workers during World War I. War production increased steelworker unrest by worsening already poor working ...
strike

strike  

Withdrawal of labour by a group of employees, typically members of a trade union. An official strike is one called or recognized by a union; an unofficial strike is one started without union ...
textile

textile  

For the greater part of the Middle Ages, historical documents mention textiles only in the context of exchanges, gifts between rulers and especially commerce. From the 13th c., trade regulations ...
Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire.

Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire.  

On 25 March 1911, a sunny afternoon in lower Manhattan, fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Company's factory.Sweeping through the building in minutes, it claimed the lives of ...
Women in the Labor Force

Women in the Labor Force  

The history of women in the American labor force has been shaped by diverse cultural, legal, demographic, and ethno-racial influences. Like men, women in preindustrial America contributed to their ...
work

work  

Activities involving physical and/or mental effort. While a large part of this is in paid employment, or working for economic gain while self-employed, there are other forms of work. This is ...

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