The owners of capital, the bourgeoisie and the society’s intellectuals, all of whom comprised the elites of society, viewed the working class as a group of people whose sole purpose was to offer their sweat and their time in backbreaking labor towards the success of large profiting industries which would make the rich wealthier and the elite more powerful. In 1858, James Henry Hammond, one of South Carolina’s elites m...
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... between the two classes. The working class was worked to the death and earned little for it and could barely survive above the poverty line. In essence, the elites believed the working class identity meant nothing but an undignified and inconsequential status in society that was only needed to label a group of people who slaved to make them prosperous and the society they lived in.
Through the 18th century till the 19th century, the working class identity was a fluid one, changing with the economy and the social status of many. The working class at that time, finally decided to take a stance against the elites and the factory owners. It was also, a time for women to be heard, and respected as well as treated the same as men. As for children it became a law for children under fourteen, to not be allowed to work. To sum up, it was time where justice was being served.
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