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In the 1900's what happened between big business and workers as industry expanded?

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The American economy grew rapidly during this period, greatly increasing the nation's prosperity. At the same time, however, this period of rapid growth generated more than its fair share of social problems. One of the most pressing of these was the deterioration in relations between big business and organized labor. As employment opportunities grew, so too did the demand among workers for better pay and conditions. Workers railed against the obscene disparities of wealth between the gilded elite and the vast majority of the American workforce. They felt, along with their union representatives, that they were entitled to a greater share of the enormous wealth being generated by American business.

Suffice to say, big business was profoundly hostile to the very idea and, able to count on the unfailing support of successive administrations and Congresses, was pretty much given a free hand in how it treated its workers. The golden age of mass immigration into the United States meant that...

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