Even though some of the effects that the Industrial Revolution brought benefited the working people in a way, they were not worth the pain and suffering that they experienced. The working class of England was exploited by the higher classes of society. Workers of this time period suffered in horrible working and living conditions. During the early period of the Industrial Revolution, there were few laws protecting the working class, especially for children. Women and children suffered the most during this time period.
Then, the item would go on its way by means of the belt to the next worker, who would perform the next task. The assembly line worked, and actually made things such as automobiles, previously too expensive for the average family, to now be affordable. England’s Economy Before the Revolution Before the first i... ... middle of paper ... ...ife Changed During The Industrial Revolution Life drastically changed during the industrial revolution. People were living in germ infested, crowded and very unhealthy conditions, much like the places where they work. Women and children worked in harsh conditions for almost whole days and only received little pay.
The industrial revolution was a period during the 18th and 19th century in England where many changes had happened. Such changes consist of agriculture, mining, transport and technology which allowed both detrimental and beneficial impact on people lives. At those times the working surroundings for many people were harsh, also for the children. The children have to start working at a very young age, they work without any protection and they have been treated very poorly. Not only that the amount shillings they make, barely makes a difference for their family to survive.
At such a young age, education and the support of family would have ... ... middle of paper ... ...lution bore tough times for poor and uneducated British citizens. There was really no way to improve on either situation. Adults and children, alike, suffered greatly at the hands of ambitious factory owners and labored relentlessly in environments that often took their lives. Though many retained or increased wealth and the overall quality of life improved for most, the mistreatment of factory workers proved a blight that overshadowed the advent of mechanization in the Industrial Revolution. It wasn’t long before proponents of labor reform helped to enact laws that would protect factory workers, beginning with the amount of hours that they were allowed to work.
The Combination Act of 1800, which hindered the growth of unions, states that every workman's goal, who are entering into any combination should not be obtaining an advance of wages, or to lessen or alter the hours, or influencing any other to quit his work. Any workman who did so shall be committed to jail (Doc 1). Although the Combination Act of 1800 prevented the growth of unions, Ralph Chaplin believes that a worker should join the union. He states that there can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun, but the unions, which makes it strong (Doc 2). Since there's so many workers working in bad conditions, the labor laws came to action.
Advocates and major corporations that support child labor argue that it is good because it gives poverty-stricken families a source of income. Child labor first appeared with the development of domestic systems (when people became civilized). It was widely practiced in England, America, and other countries during the 16th-18th centuries. Children were paid very little for the dangerous conditions and the long hours they were required to work. Many of these children worked in factories, mills, mines, and other horrible places.
Living on these salaries is almost impossible. A round trip bus to work costs 0.37cents, and just enough food to get by for a day is about $1.33. That means each person could spend $ 2.59 per day. The majority of the people are spending more than they make, so a lot of them go hungry. That total doesn’t include rent, which is usually 0.86 a day for a one room apartment.
As stated in that quote, children had a hard life working in mines and other work places. The pay was also much lower than adult workers in the same factory. Injury was common in work places for kids; they ranged from broken bones to death. The factories had very poor sanitation, which led to... ... middle of paper ... ... increased. Hiring adults decreased the profit for the factory and most adult workers couldn’t fit into the small spaces in-between the machinery.
The social problems of the working conditions included some of the harshest situations in the period of time. Children were forced into working in unsafe conditions and hazardous environments particularly in the mines. In modern society today, working is quite safe. Governments today have made new laws which state that employees must look after each other in the work place, during the industrial revolution these laws did not exist. “People worked at the age of 14 to 16 hours a day for 6 days a week.
As well as this, the complex machines were often difficult for the children to operate due to their small size, yet they were still expected to do work equal to that of an adult. In fact, children were also severely injured because of their harsh working conditions, for example, Elizabeth Bentley, a former factory employee, testified before the court saying “Yes, it is very common indeed [to have crooked knees]” (Document 7). Children like Elizabeth Bentley were perfectly healthy before commencing work in factories, but were left crippled. In fact, business owners even favored employing children as they could pay them even less than women. As a result, children, to business owners, were the perfect employees, they were cheap, less resilient, and small enough to complete complicated tasks in small spaces.