The Industrial Revolution Introduction to the Revolution The Industrial revolution was a time of drastic change marked by the general introduction of power-driven machinery. This change generally helped life, but it had its disadvantages as well. Pollution, such as Carbon Dioxide levels in the atmosphere rose, working conditions declined, and the number of women and children working increased. The government, the arts, literature, music, architecture and man's way of looking at life all changed during this period. Two revolutions took place.
The Industrial Revolution was a time of change. The growth of factories replaced the home industries and started the development of large cities. These growing cities with their factories created changes not only to the people’s working conditions but also to the transportation and type of labor. There were many positive economic changes and advancements however, along with those positive economic changes there were many negative changes to the social life and the workers overall health. 3Life in the factory was most challenging for the first generation of industrial workers who still remembered the slower and more flexible pace of country life.
The Industrial Revolution did a lot of harm on society and damage to the citizens of the working class. People’s lives were ruined and others were ended due to the fact that this was just generally hard on the people of this time. Citizens had it rough when this era was around and people who lived and survived in this time had a strong will to keep pushing and just work on. Not all jobs at this time were terrible, but speaking for the majority of the workers, it was a really hard time. Works Cited (Parliamentary Committee on the Bill to Regulate the Labor of Children in mills and Factories, 1832) (Document 2) (Hine, 1908)
The standard of living rose tremendasly. It changed the whole outlook for families who had too move to the city so that they could work. It was one of the main contributions to the growth of cities. Early Industries were not too fond of their workers either so this also led to the rise of labor unions til this day they still exist. The Industrial Revolution was all about making things easier and faster in mass produce.
When new inventions arose to facilitate the producing and mass-producing of goods that supplied the people of Europe, nearly everyone was forced to begin a new career within a factory. These are just some of the hardships that many loyal, hardworking citizens were faced with. The reverberations of these new inventions caused a dramatic plummet of the life expectancy of an average citizen to an alarming 15 years of age. Women and children were expected to work up to 16 hours a day and doing labor that could cause serious injury, like carrying extremely heavy loads. For their work, they were paid ridiculous wages, women around 5 shillings per week, and children about 1.
Children also began to work in mines and lost their education at young ages. These children often developed health issues such as “miners’ asthma” due to the bad air in the mine. Not only was the work laborious and dangerous, but miners also received low pay. The majority of profits went to those who owned the mine (Doc 1). For those who worked in factories, life wasn’t any better.
What these people are missing is the horrible effects these inventions had on the people of Britain during these times. One of the opening events of the Industrial Revolution was the wave of new inventions. The new inventions were made with great intent and a promise for an easier future that would be free of excessive labor. New tools made most jobs at the time easier. For example, the seed drill invented in 1701 by Jethro Tull, and the spinning jenny created by James Hargreaves in 176 all took a farming or sewing job that would ordinarily take a human a long time, and doubled the pace which lessened the work load.
However, for many people, life was made much more difficult. Factory workers had no rights and had to work long hours in dreadful conditions for a very low pay. The new machines were often not very safe and the workers' lives were at risk when they were running them. Factory owners exploited their workers, especially women and children. But people were desperate for work and those without jobs were not
The working conditions were often very dangerous and would cause many injury and early deaths. The living conditions were very unhygienic and led to the spreading of cholera and other diseases. Children were often required to do the most dangerous jobs in the industry due to the fact that they had small hands which would fit into small spaces. This led to many early deaths and the death rate dropped more than fifty percent due to this (from 38 years to 17 years).As you can see the ideas of 19th century Britain were a response to the ideas and conditions of the Industrial Revolution.
In addition to the low wages, they were subject to long hours in the gruesome factories. All of these conditions built up a large amount of anger towards the government and factory owners. The workers had to do something in order to better their lives. Workers in 19th century Europe had horrible lives as a result of limited attention from the government; workers union were the only thing that ended up getting the attention of the government, and therefore bettering the worker’s lives. While working conditions was a big problem during this time period, there were some solutions that did have some affect on the prob... ... middle of paper ... ...sult of little attention from the government; workers unions were the only thing that got the government’s attention, and therefore improving the worker’s lives.