American Experience
American Experience

Syndicalism | True Anarchism | Propaganda of the Deed | Eight Hour Work Day

Starting in 1842, American laborers rallied for a work day shorter than the standard of ten or twelve hours. Ira Steward, a Boston machinist, lobbied for an eight-hour work day on behalf of the Machinists and Blacksmiths Union and the Boston Trades Assembly. His wife Mary Steward devised the couplet that became the slogan of the national movement: "Whether you work by the piece or work by the day; decreasing the hours, increases the pay."


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