The 19th Century Industrial Revolution

analytical Essay
790 words
790 words

In the early nineteenth century, you could easily determine that the rapid changes of the Industrial Revolution triggered a lot of positive and negative emotions. Many documents of this time considered that the Industrial Revolution was a time of growth and a great expansion of opportunities. Due to the immense growth of factories and production systems in them, it created many jobs for middle class individuals. Now that people had steady jobs, there was money that could be disbursed. Common goods, such as textiles, became in higher demand because they were being produced so fast for such little money. Various ways of transportation were being invented at this time as well, allowing for trading to be done faster; this also allowed for international trade. Production triggered the local economy to grow and eventually become more of a global economy. With each invention came a higher demand, and more jobs, which was very stimulating for the world, economically and technologically. However, there are also documents that indicate that the Industrial Revolution has also been seen as a time of misery and unfairness among ordinary people. The concept revolving around factories seemed great at first, they were mass-producing at such low prices yet making so much money at the same time. Everything was great outside of the factory walls, but the circumstances inside the factories were appalling. Between the long hours and awful working conditions, the wages given did not makeup for any of the disadvantages. Furthermore, the pollution that the factories produced was very harmful to the workers and people living in the surrounding areas. I believe that, with change, there will always be many trials and tribulations. I agree that the nineteent... ... middle of paper ... ... workers, as well as the people living in the surrounding areas. On page 60 of The Industrial Revolution, in a bold excerpt, it says “metalworkers worked with toxic materials; in spinning, the air was so damp workers easily contracted respiratory infections.” A British politician and journalist by the name of William Cobbett reflected on these harsh effects in his November 1824 journal the Political Register. He also made a surprising point that the environments of the industrial workers was, in fact, unhealthier than the environments of the slaves on a plantation in southern United States. (Cobbett 60) Works Cited Cobbett, William. Political Register (Nov. 1824), cited in Frader, The Industrial Revolution, pp. 60-62. Print. Tierney, Brian, Donald Kagan, and Leslie Pearce Williams. Great Issues in Western Civilization. New York: Random House, 1967. 218-24. Print.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that the industrial revolution triggered positive and negative emotions in the early nineteenth century.
  • Analyzes how the conditions of the factories were horrifying and alarming, and the hours children worked were just as bad.
  • Analyzes how the environment of the industrial workers was unhealthier than that of slaves on a plantation in southern united states.
  • Cites cobbett, william, in frader, the industrial revolution, pp. 60-62. tierney, brian, donald kagan, and leslie pearce williams.
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