What is the experience of work like for these individuals? Conditions, wages and discipline can be considered here.

For this first assignment, you will be writing a brief response to the Gilded Age primary sources linked below, all of which deal with the experience of workers and immigrants during this period of vast economic change. After you read, I want you to write a brief response, taking in to consideration the following questions. You can use all three documents in this assignment though you are not required to do so. If you would like to focus on just one account, that is fine as well.

  1. What is the experience of work like for these individuals? Conditions, wages and discipline can be considered here.

  2. How does the nature of their work affect their family/personal life?

  3. How do these individuals attempt to change their conditions and how successful are they?

When you’ve completed your response, please enter it into the dropbox folder marked Assignment 1. Let me know if you have any questions or problems. The response (which should be 1-2 pages double-spaced) will be due before class on Monday February 5.

Here are the links and a hard copy of the sources.

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/voices/social_history/5sweatshop_girl.cfm

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/voices/social_history/14miner.cfm

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/voices/social_history/12capmaker.cfm

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