Joyanna Adams

Nobody's Opinion

Education, High Wages, and the Klu Klux Klan

Nobody Remembers

When I was about eight, my grandfather bought the entire Britannica Encyclopedia and gave it to our family at Easter. Of course, it was for me, because the whole family knew my brother didn’t pick up anything to read unless it was the latest Superman comic. And tonight, I pulled a volume out of that same set, to see what it had to say about the history of education in America. Just what I always thought. The nation started off with the “Little School house on the Prairie ” and then some time later, they decided every child needed to be educated, so they made everyone pay taxes and we were all pushed into school at five.Klu Klux Klan

BUT…Mental Floss Magazine added some stuff, I had never heard..like…did you know that the Klu Klux Klan was one of the main reasons we got mandatory school?

“Grandpa— that wasn’t in the Encyclopedia.”

According to the mental at Mental Floss, before the 1820s, HALF the laborers in American cotton mills were children under the age of 15. And the real reason adults wanted the kids out of the labor force was because of the competition. Children were cheaper, and had more energy. Mary Kenny O’Sullivan, vice president of the National Women’s Trade Union League, said,

“Whenever child labor prevails there is a corresponding decrease in employment for adults.”

Right you are, Mary.

Yes, those dirty rotten kids were taking jobs away from women. Can you imagine? In fact, getting rid of the kids was one of the big factors in uniting the American labor movements.

So— because they didn’t want to throw the little burgers out in the street, the labor leaders thought up a whole new industry: mandatory school, lead by unionized teachers, where they could also get those pesky women out of the factories too! It was a perfect plan.

Massachusetts was the first state to pass a compulsory education law. By 1886, 16 states followed.

Business owners enamored with their short low-cost labor poll, denounced the statues as “communist” and “un-American.”

Then, great news! After they got rid of the kids, wages went up as much as 150 percent! The average work day fell from 14 hours a day to 11.Kid working in factories

This was such a great idea that the labor leaders called for compulsory education everywhere, and that’s when the Klu Klux Kan decided it was a good way to FORCE immigrants to conform to white Protestant culture.

(A horrible culture that included math, science, reading, writing…all those terrible things.)

But…kids could still work on weekends and after hours, and so the Klan decided to stop it, and they rallied for a national ban on child labor. It was the Northern Klansmen against the Southern industrialist.

(So…..when blacks couldn’t pick cotton anymore, they got kids. Is that what you get out of this?)

The Klan won the constant lobbying. In 1938 the Fair Labor Standard Act officially ended child labor, but the black kids could STILL work. White children across the south were guaranteed an education, the black kids, well…they could still pick cotton, but this time, they got paid. They didn’t have to go to school.

It was still the racist Klan. But hey, Robert Byrd used to be a member, proving that what? Did the Northern Klansmen move to the South? Did they leave the North?

Mental Floss didn’t say.

So what do we learn from this mental floss history lesson?

Nobody Learned that we need a National Labor Act (Or the Klan Reparations Act) saying that illegal immigrants cannot work in America.Steve Jobs

According to history, everybody’s wages would go up by 150 percent.

And young black men, who simply cannot get a decent education out of the American mandatory public school system, could finally make a decent wage.

Thanks to Mental Floss, it’s all very clear. We should all call our Congressmen and remind them that we got rid of the kids in our factories, let’s get rid of the illegals.

Workers…unite!

 

March 27, 2014 Posted by | American History, education, Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

Nobody’s Fool: Representative Troy Gowdy

Nobody’s Fool

Obama’s lawyers in the IRS scandal, have been doing what good lawyers do..they stall. Forever.

BUT…Representative Gowdy doesn’t stand for it. He attacks. He demands…hey! It’s A Congressman doing his job! I LOVE this guy!

ENJOY!

March 27, 2014 Posted by | Congress, Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

   

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