Income inequality has become a key hot button issue in the modern day political spectrum.
While these economic and class divides seem more pronounced than ever before, the impressive new documentary
Plutocracy: Political Repression in the USA reveals that the core of these struggles pre-date the beginnings of the industrialized labor force.
The long and painful journey towards achieving worker rights and fair wages has been marked by violence, discrimination, and inhumane exploitation.
Take, for example, the West Virginia coal mining industry in the early years of the 20th century.
Working under extreme conditions plagued by brutalizing hours, unprecedented accident rates and severe health hazards,
the miners decided to fight back through strikes and the formation of their own labor union.
The industry itself chose to fight back with the importation of replacement workers, and the structuring of new contracts which disallowed workers from joining a union.
The fight for freedom from the tyranny of wealthy industrialists was fraught by thousands of lives lost, and many more wounded and incarcerated.
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