Also known as the Furuseth Act and as the La Follette Seaman's Act, the Seamen's Act of 1915 was enacted to ensure the safety of American sailors during the early years of World War I, and as a response to the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. It was designed to improve the working and living conditions of seamen on-board vessels registered in the United States. The Seamen's Act reduced penalties for disobedience, required 75% of each ship department to understand the language spoken by officers, eliminated imprisonment for desertion, regulated hours of work at sea and...


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