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In this new rising economic order, workers generally organized to protect their rights and traditional ways of life. Craft workers such as carpenters, printers, and tailors formed unions, and in 1835 individual unions came together in the National Trades’ Union. The labor movement gathered some momentum in the decade before the Panic of 1838, but in the depression that followed, labor’s strength collapsed. During very hard times, few workers were willing to strike or engage in collective action. Moreover, skilled craft workers, who spearheaded the union movement, did not feel a particularly strong bond with semiskilled factory workers and unskilled laborers. More than a decade of agitation did finally bring a workday shortened to 10 hours to most industries by the 1855’s, and the courts also recognized workers’ right to strike, but these gains had little immediate impact.
Q. Which of the following statements about the labor movement of the 1800’s is supported by the paragraph?
(A) It went down during times of economic crisis.
(B) Its primary purpose was to benefit unskilled laborers.
(C) It was slow to improve conditions for workers.
(D) It helped workers of all skill levels form a strong bond with each other.