Labor Struggles of the Early 19th Century
The market economy of the early 19th century changed the function of artisans and journeymen, thus resulting in the creation of the American laborer. This website discusses the impact these changes had on American court decisions, the economy, and on the lives of workers. Throughout my research I asked the question, "Why were labor movements of the early 19th century unsustainable?" To answer this question I had to examine why labor organizations formed, and why they failed to demonstrate their original strength and influence into the mid 19th century.