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Saturday, May 15

  1. msg DQ 3 message posted DQ 3 I agree with Melissa and how she took my response a little further. I had initially just thought ab…
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    I agree with Melissa and how she took my response a little further. I had initially just thought about how the government should help the workers and companies reach a resolution immediately after the strike. Now I realize that it would be a good idea for the government to get involved in maintaining long-term reform not just in the affected company or industry but nationwide. While researching the Haymarket, I read that there had been an eight-hour workday bill that never went through about ten years prior. Something like that would have been good goverment involvement.
    7:34 am
  2. msg DQ 2 message posted DQ 2 This is in response to Christian, who made an interesting point about how the workers damaging comp…
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    This is in response to Christian, who made an interesting point about how the workers damaging company property didn't help their cause at all. I think the reason that they damaged it in the first place was that some people who weren't necessarily totally dedicated to the cause got carried away. I also think the workers knew that there wasn't such a great chance that they would get their jobs back after the strike and decided they might as well while they were at it. It also might have been a show of the workers' power and their frustration at the companies who weren't willing to negotiate. Nonetheless, the violence and destruction did not help their cause.
    7:15 am

Friday, May 14

  1. msg DQ 3 message posted DQ 3 I agree with Dennis's comment about the governments responsibility after the strikes have ended. Th…
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    I agree with Dennis's comment about the governments responsibility after the strikes have ended. They should not just assert their power of the laborers and union leaders, and then back out and leave the companies to resorting to their old ways. These poor working conditions were the reason workers went on strike in the first place. Therefore, to prevent further unrest in the country, the government should strive to fix all the corruptness in the large industries.
    6:37 pm
  2. msg DQ 3 message posted DQ 3 The governments involvement in the four strikes was both justified and unjustified. While i underst…
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    The governments involvement in the four strikes was both justified and unjustified. While i understand it is up to the government and the federal armies to maintain the peace and protect the safety of the citizens of the United States, some strikes did not require that much interference. For example, during the Pullman Strike, all the workers really did was join as a united front and decide to boycott the Pullman sleeping cars. Because the company was so concerned with maintaining their profits, they requested government assistance when it wasn't necessary. At the end of the day, many workers were injured and some even killed for no reason. The military did not need to intervene. On the contrary, for some of the other strikes, such as the Haymarket Strike, a bomb went off in a crowd of people, so the National Guard was completely justified in stepping in.
    6:34 pm
  3. msg DQ 2 message posted DQ 2 In response to what Dennis said, i forgot to consider the involvement of the government and the vio…
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    In response to what Dennis said, i forgot to consider the involvement of the government and the violence that resulted from the strikes when posting my answer. While i still stand by what i said about some success coming for these strikes, the numerous deaths and prison sentences that resulted from overall failed attempts just confirm the lack of change that immediately resulted. So much money and government effort was put towards quieting these uprisings and no significant progress was made. However, it did put the thought of labor unions into more skilled workers minds who were upset with their conditions.
    6:26 pm
  4. msg DQ 2 message posted DQ 2 I think it is hard to define these four different strikes as the same type of successful or unsucce…
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    I think it is hard to define these four different strikes as the same type of successful or unsuccessful. It is important to acknowledge that while there were common contributions that led to the uprising of the workers, they essentially wanted different things. While the laborers from the Haymarket Strike strived to achieve eight-hour work days, the Pullman workers were angered over the fact that there housing rent stayed consistent despite the fact that their wages were cut. Keeping that in mind, i believe most of these strikes could be considered both successful and unsuccessful. The Homestead Strike was mostly a failure, as well as the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, The Pullman Strike and the Haymarket strike were able to show the strength and efficiency of labor unions.
    6:22 pm
  5. msg DQ 1 message posted DQ 1 One thing Katie mentioned that I feel is definitely important to touch upon when talking about the …
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    One thing Katie mentioned that I feel is definitely important to touch upon when talking about the labor strikes of this time is the fact that companies wanted to receive higher profits. While cuts in wages were bad enough for the workers suffering during the economic depression, companies weren't concerned with their well-being. Instead, they were more focused on maintaining the companies success and their own personal income. These selfish acts just added to the rising tension between the workers and the managers at large companies.
    6:16 pm
  6. msg DQ 3 message posted DQ 3 I agree with Dennis' comment about how the government used force and violence to maintain peace dur…
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    I agree with Dennis' comment about how the government used force and violence to maintain peace during the strikes. Also, it is unfair how the governments catered to the large business' needs instead of looking out for the workers and the everyday citizen.
    6:14 pm
  7. msg DQ 1 message posted DQ 1 There are many similar factors between the four strikes. First and foremost, a common leading contr…
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    There are many similar factors between the four strikes. First and foremost, a common leading contribution to the initiation of the strikes is companies began to significantly cut the workers wages. Most common workers didn't receive good pay anyway, and because of the economic depression the country was suffering from, laborers couldn't afford to lose any more money. Another similarity between the strikes were that they eventually had to be controlled by government assistance. During the Homestead Strike, for example, Pinkerton's were hired in order to quiet any outrageous or radical declarations. The workers in all of these strikes not only were attempting to raise there wages, but also to request better working conditions in general. During the 19th century, changes in management for large companies resulted in a weakening of the company/worker relationship. Therefore, skilled laborers especially felt like they weren't being treated with the respect or responsibility they deserved.
    6:10 pm
  8. msg DQ 3 message posted DQ 3 I agree with Dennis that the government authorities sided more towards the big businesses during th…
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    I agree with Dennis that the government authorities sided more towards the big businesses during these strikes. They used their violence to prevent the workers from continuing their protest and Dennis makes a valid point that they should only be used to establish peace between the two sides with little violence. Christian also discusses this matter saying that the rioters got more rowdy once police showed up and sparked the violence during the Haymarket Strike. I find this to be true and have now begun to think that these authorities were too forceful during the strikes and should have made it their goal to end the conflicts verbally rather than end them aggressively.
    5:55 pm

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