The Common Laborer Essay

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Krunal PatelThe Common LaborerThe Common Laborer by Eugene Debs, April 1890. Eugene Victor Debs was born in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1855. He was a labor organizer and socialist leader, entered politics as a Democratic City Clerk in 1879. First elected over Republican and Greenback Labor party candidate. Eugene Debs at first a firm proponent ...view middle of the document...

He initiated craft organization divisive, a hindrance to working people's efforts to secure fair wages and working conditions and concentrated corporate power, he argued had a debilitating effect on the political rights and economic opportunity of the majority of Americans (Foner and Garraty). The term 'Common Laborer' is innocently used to refer to working men and women and is meant to say that no worker or labor can be thought of or called common. All workers and labor have value and they deserve to receive fair wages for their work.All American working man are American Citizen and have sovereign rights and prerogatives as any other citizen. American idea is the betterment of the American workingman regardless of trade.BibliographyEugene V Debs. Ed. Eric Foner and John A. Garraty. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 1991. Web. 16 Nov. 2014. <>.


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