Jeremy Brecher- 10/ 13


after reading Strike! by Jeremy Brecher i had gained some knowledge of how it was like to have a 8- hour day. i believe that the history of the 8- hour day is probably one of the most influential and most important things americans have fought for over the years…and when i say fought for i mean by picketing and striking. before striking even took place workers had horrible working conditions and wage salaries with very long hours which were not even paid in full.  the strikes that went on eventually did work out for the better because it gave the working man a better lifestyle, which allowed them to have leisure time for themselves and to spend time with family.  when a person typically works extensive hours for days on end it does take a toll on their mind and body.  the 8 hour day was a breakthrough for all workers and allowed them to be free in other aspects of their life and actually carry out a normal life not just filled with work 247 also the striking was beneficiary to their wages also.  what made a lot of sense to me was when they stated that to cut unemployment rates they would lower the hours of each individual so there is more hours to be separated within one another therefore work and be evenly distributed among others. one thing that stuck out to me was when the May Day Strike broke out and millions of people gathered together to join this movement . in the reading Brecher describes the times he was living in to be very violent especially within the working environment… once people saw that it had taken a toll on were they were working it was time to take a stand and thats when things started to become very rowdy… violent riots with thousands of individuals would occur and left many injured…i am actually not even surprised about this because i would probably do the same thing if i lived back then there was barley no laws that anyone abided by and no legislation and especially during that time period if there was thousands of angry people all around me you shouldnt expect the person next to you to act in a civil matter.

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