Conditions of Labor in American Industries: A Summarization of the Results of Recent Investigations

Conditions of Labor in American Industries: A Summarization of the Results of Recent Investigations

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Conditions of Labor in American Industries: A Summarization of the Results of Recent Investigations

Conditions of Labor in American Industries: A Summarization of the Results of Recent Investigations

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The present volume is designed to meet a practical need for a compact collection of the results of the large number of investigations and studies of conditions under which the American wage-earner and his family work and live. It is presented merely as a summarization of the principal and fundamental facts that have been ascertained during the past decade and a half; it is not intended to be a critical discussion of these facts, or to be an argument in favor of or against any partizan conclusion, or any remedial program. Such conclusions as to the existence of a condition, or set of conditions, as appeared to be clearly warranted by the facts ascertained by official and other authoritative data, have been suggested, but the attempt has been made to avoid the statement of opinions or of conclusions which, altho the authors may feel convinced of their truth, are not generally agreed upon as the actual results of the various inquiries.

The presentation of the data has been confined to the conditions of wage-earners in manufacturing and mining industries because comparable data for workers in trade (with some exceptions), transportation, and agriculture, have not been found available. The summarization of even these data has been found to be extremely difficult because methods of investigation have varied; because there has been a wide difference in the scope of the in-

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