- "Watching the privates of this army of workers pour forth from the mills where they have been at work since half past six in the morning, with an hour's rest at noon, and bearing in mind the fact that these mills have been in steady and profitable operation for nearly half a century, the management of this vast machine for turning out and selling one hundred million yards of goods a year will impress anyone as possessing as much general interest, and far more human interest, than the processes of manufacture themselves."
This quote is derived from a document titled “The Business of a factory”, which is a journalist’s portrait. This document was published by Scribner’s in 1897. The aim of the article is to ensure proper or excellent analysis of the history of the American factories. The United States is renowned as an agricultural nation therefore factories were main investments at the moment. This article aimed at helping individuals understand the activities that took place in the American factories. One of the main elements that cover a long section of the discussion is labor. It was never agreed on who were required to undertake certain roles and to what extent were they willing to offer their services in the factories. Also, the challenge of setting a factory was evaluated in an extremely critical manner. It was not easy to set up factories as it was extremely expensive.
This document is significance in the sense that it aids in unfolding what has been happening in the manufacturing industry in the previous times. As time passes, factories will be brought up. This document would be extremely fundamental for comparison of the requirements to set up an industry at the current moment in contrary to how it was in the past.
- "How long are the Spaniards to drench Cuba with the blood and tears of her people? How long is the peasantry of Spain to be drafted away to Cuba to die miserably in a hopeless war, that Spanish nobles and Spanish officers may get medals and honors? How long old [Cuban] men and women and children shall be murdered by the score, the innocent victims of Spanish rage against the patriot armies they cannot conquer?How long shall the United States sit idle and indifferent within sound and hearing of rapine and murder? How long?"
This quote is from “The War Must be Ended (1897)” in the New York World publication.
The article was mainly concerned with the Cuban revolt. There were rebels that had been developed by General Valeriano against suppression. During this error there was exclusive competition on the main newspapers in the region. “Yellow journalism” which was the main platform for argument introduced the exclusive competition between the two main newspapers in New York. There were segregations in the publications for various documents. Stories were covered favorably with Cubans being exposed while Spanish cruelty was reserved.
This indicates that there were exclusive ties between Spanish soldiers and local newspapers to expose Cuban rebels. Therefore, tears were inevitable in the community. Cubans were consistently exposed to pain and cries. This would have led to massive difference among the individuals who stayed in the region.
Samuel Gompers, The American Federation of Labor (1883); Henry W. Grady, The New South (p. 36); Adna Ferrin Weber, The Growth of Cities in the Nineteenth Century (p. 64); Woodrow Wilson, The New Freedom (p. 135)
This is a representation of what was happening in the labor sector of the United States. Therefore, the main thread among the articles is status of labor in the American society. There were consistent challenges that faced the labor sector of the United States. “The American Federation of Labor (1883)” is an indication of the beginning of trade unions that were extremely useful in determining the employment position of Americans. On the other hand, “The New South” is a representation of new generation after slavery was abolished. This was one of the roles of development of American Federation of Labor (1883). Also, “The growth of cities in the nineteenth century” indicates how unity among individuals was significant in ensuring development in various regions of the United States. Respect for human rights was one of the main elements necessary in ensuring all citizens were free to do anything including choice of offering labor as discussed in “The New Freedom”.
Labor is an extremely critical in analysis for community development. There must be the willingness to work in the society for development to be experienced. However, labor has faced exclusive evolution as different people have different understanding of the subject. The various practices that were witnessed have been exclusively useful in ensuring development in the society. Therefore, labor as it is being discussed at this point plays critical role in developing the community development theme.