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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 8 months ago

Is it true that 175 years ago Americans all used to work at least 20 hours a day or more, 7 days a week?

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  • F
    Lv 6
    8 months ago

    When I were a lad, we worked 25 hours a day.................

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  • Fred
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Many immigrants had no choice but to work very long hours and likely were seen as people with no option as most arrived in New York with little money. Many likely worked up to 16 hours a day in sweat shop work conditions struggling on very low wages to get a new start in a new country. Back in the 19th century there were no unions or government legislated minimum work conditions or pay and many employers know these immigrants have no choice as if they complain or leave, there are plenty of other desperate immigrants to take their place.

    Likely for many Americans it was at least a 12 hour work day, 6 days a week with Sunday off to go to Church. For the immigrants likely many had to work 7 days a week until they could find a better job away from the sweatshops.

    I saw a documentary on immigrants from Europe coming to England during the 19th century and these were the sort of work conditions they had to endure until they could find better jobs. They also showed where these immigrants were forced to live. Those who had money could afford a room, but many had to share a room and the beds were little more than rough bags of straw. For the very poor they had benches along the wall where you slept sitting up. A thick rope hang along the front of the bench at chest height so you could lean on it and sleep. I would imagine this is the way many immigrants started their life in the USA.

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  • Yeah except for Karl Marx

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  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    No. Those that were farmers tended to work roughly sunrise to sunset, so the number of hours worked would depend on the weather, the time of year and what crops were being grown. Few people worked on Sunday and in many rural communities people only worked half a day on Wednesday which was a market day. Factory workers typically worked a six day week and 10 to 12 hours a day.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Probably not.....

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  • 8 months ago

    No, it is not true. And it has never been true about anything, ever, where 'all' Americans did or did not do something, except be born and died/will die.

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  • 8 months ago

    Very doubtful. -------

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    More like 24 hours.

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  • 8 months ago

    its possible but i would hope not

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Farmers and such did, many still do

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