Industrial Revolution. Biographies by James L. Outman

By James L. Outman

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Reproduced by permission of Getty Images. While Gould had launched a career that led to a reputation as a slick dealer, his personal life was another story. In 1863 he married a woman named Helen Day Miller and eventually had six children. He was, by all accounts, a dedicated Jay Gould 49 The Erie War, 1867–68 The railroad business in the 1800s had two aspects: 1) raising money to lay down tracks and establish a connection between two points (typically two cities); and 2) acquiring railroad companies, which usually owned the tracks between just two points, in order to build a network of rails and control the business of hauling freight over a wide region.

According to Gompers, it was Laurrell who stressed building the strength of the union to represent cigar makers in negotiations with employers, rather than focusing on changing government policy towards business in general, as socialists advocated. Trade unions, Gompers came to believe, should focus on specific benefits for workers—higher pay and shorter hours were the two most important—whereas socialism was more all-encompassing and tended to focus on how the working class could gain control of the government.

At the time, there was another union organization, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), that took a much more radical approach to improving the lives of workers. The IWW strongly backed class warfare pitting workers against owners, and viewed the government as the chief protector of business interests against the interests of workers. When the government tried to suppress members of the IWW, Gompers agreed with the action. It was the start of a decadeslong alliance between trade union leaders and politicians who opposed radical measures to advance the interests of workers.

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