The Slaughterhouse Workers

In œCogs in the Great Machine, œEric Schlosser reports on the shift in the meatpacking industry toward a reliance on œthe new industrial migrants, noting that as meatpacking corporations reorganized, they transformed what had been a œmiddle-class profession into one that pays œpoverty wages or less (160). Discuss the impact of this system on the migrants themselves by focusing on one specific aspect of the problem; then, present a solution- either your own or one that Schlosser endorses. In your discussion, consider the opposing argument: that employment at a meatpacking plant offers migrants a toehold in the American economy and perhaps an opportunity to move on to a better job.

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