1836 Depression Deals Crushing Blow to Unions

The campaign for the ten-hour workday seemed on the way to victory when economic depression struck in 1836. The depression was a crippling blow to unions throughout the Northeast. With the economy faltering, strikes begin to fail and union membership declined sharply. It seemed that the ten-hour workday, along with other union efforts, was a lost cause.

It did not take long for unions to bounce back from depression. Workers began to organize again as the economy improved, and soon the campaign for a ten-hour workday was resumed.