The Industrial Revolution: Poor Living Conditions Of Great Britain

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The Industrial Revolution brought mass advancements in technology to the people in Great Britain, Europe and in other places in the world during the time of 1750-1850. Britain’s wealth, population, technology, education and resources led to it as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. While the Industrial Revolution increased work wages, it also consequently resulted in harsh punishments, poor living conditions, and deadly accidents. The living conditions of Great Britain developed into a very poor country due to overpopulation because of the Industrial Revolution. The houses they lived in were very dilapidated and not in great condition for people to be living in. “The wife’s face was dirty and tangled hair hung over her eyes. Her cap was ill washed and slovenly put on.” “The wet came in at the door of the only room, and when it rained, through every part of the roof also: large drops fell on her as she lay in her bed: in “Through the children’s hands and arms having being caught in the machinery; in many instances the muscles, and the skin is stripped down to the bone, and in some instances a finger of two might be lost.” Additionally, because of the powerful machines used there were some fatal accidents that happened and they commonly happened to children. “A girl named Mary Richards ... It happened one evening, when her apron was caught by the shaft. In the instant the poor girl was drawn by an irresistible force and dashed on the floor. She uttered the most heart-rending shrieks! … She whirled round and round with the shaft - he heard the bones of her arms, legs, thighs, etc. successively snap asunder, crushed, seemingly, to atoms.” These accidents happened daily but often to kids who could not handle these

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