Read Samuel Gompers testimony before Congress regarding the AFL and the original platform of the Knights of Labor from the links below. What issues did labor unions attempt to resolve in the early 1900s? How successful were they at resolving these issues? Why was there such a struggle between business and labor, why was it so difficult for them to come together. Why were strikes so violent? (Not being recognized, the issues they were trying to resolve, etc.) How did labor unions improve the working conditions for American workers?
Based upon the circumstances at the time, were Rockefeller’s business practices justified? How did other captains of industry (Carnegie, Morgan, Vanderbilt, etc.) conduct business in the late 19th century? What were the negative consequences of their actions? How did government and labor respond?
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