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Labor in the Gilded Age


Read the excerpt and answer the question below.
“We want eight hours and nothing less. We have been accused of being selfish, and it has been said that we will want more; that last year we got an advance of ten cents and now we want more. We do want more. . . .
“In the age of electricity and steam that has produced wealth a hundred fold, we insist that it has been brought about by the intelligence and energy of the workingmen, and while we find that is now easier to produce it is harder to live. We do want more, and when it becomes more, we shall still want more. And we shall never cease to demand more until we have received the results of our labor.”
Samuel Gompers, “Eights Hours and Nothing Less,” 1890
Arguments similar to those expressed in the excerpt were later employed to justify which of the following?
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