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The Rise of Industrial Unions
Free Printable American History Reading with Questions for Grades 9-12 - American History Readings
While the 1920s were years of relative prosperity in the United States, the workers in industries such as steel, automobiles, rubber, and textiles benefited less than they would later in the years after World War II. Working conditions in many of these industries did improve. Some companies in the 1920s began to institute "welfare capitalism" by offering workers various pension, profit-sharing, stock option, and health plans to ensure their loyalty. Still, shop floor environments were often hard and authoritarian..
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Click here to print this worksheet. Answer Key: 1. By using spies and armed strikebreakers and by firing those suspected of union sympathies; 2. Factory which prevented a union from being the exclusive representative of all workers; 3. B - False; 4. Frances Perkins; 5. John L. Lewis; 6. General Motors (GM); 7. Labor unions.

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