The Effects of the Industrial Revolution on the Family

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The Effects of the Industrial Revolution on the Family

In the last part of the eighteenth century, a new revolution was formed and gave birth to a new standard of living. It shaped the world into what people of "today" are familiar with. This major occurrence of the late eighteenth century is known as the industrial revolution. It first began in Great Britain, which was the biggest empire in Europe at the time. The industrial revolution brought many positive aspects to society but it also brought suffering, dissonance, and other social problems. In order for machine efficiency to be carried out, the machines needed to have people running, powering, and keeping them in tip top shape. As a result of this, working people faced many hard economic and societal times that became problems in their every day life. The family was forever changed as a result of the industrial revolution and because of this people's lives were affected for the greater part of the nineteenth century. Life generally improved, but the industrial revolution also proved harmful to the essence of the family.

The Industrial revolution was a time of drastic change and transformation from hand tools, and hand made items to machine manufactured and mass-produced goods. This change generally helped life, but also hindered it as well. Pollution, such as carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rose, working conditions declined, and the number of women and children joining the ever-growing workforce increased. The government, literature, music, architecture, and man's way of looking at life all changed during this period. Prior to the industrial revolution people worked at home, on farms, or with trade guilds while children, once they were old enough, would help t...

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