2  Diversity in the Workforce

Facts and Figures

Diversity in the US Workforce

The formation of the working class in the US was complicated by the influx of immigrants from the nineteenth century to the present, which was led by ethnic differences and ‘ethnically hybrid’ cultures distinguished by class. The consecutive waves of migration over 200 years brought their own cultures, languages and organisations. By the middle of the nineteenth century, some industrial workers demanded better wages and shorter hours to make the US more egalitarian. Between the 1880s and mid-1920s, more than 25 million ‘new immigrants’ arrived and joined the earlier generations in the US. Further, internal migrants brought millions of African American and Mexican workers ...

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