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 gains of the Industrial Revolution in England from 1780 to 1850 were not worth the pain that was caused by it, which primarily affected the working class of England. The working class experienced harsh working and living conditions during the Industrial Revolution. The workers, especially women and children, were overworked and exploited by the higher classes which included the owners of the factories or mines in which they worked in. Their health was affected negatively by the working conditions that they experienced. 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 factories were unsafe as well, so not only were workers receiving low wages, but they also were putting their lives at risks. Women’s hair would get caught in machines, limbs would get stuck in a machine, and children would fall... ... middle of paper ... ...labor in sweatshops. Jane Addams and Jacob Riis increased awareness of problems in child labor. Others also exposed business abuses that put the safety of the workers at risk. Sanitation issues, fire hazards, and machines quality were all brought to attention and eventually addressed by President Roosevelt.
On top of these harsh conditions, the sanitation system in these tenements were extremely poor which caused the widespread of diseases, such as cholera. Although their housing condition was bad, it paled in comparison with the working condition in the factories. The working class was composed of farmers who abandoned their rural lifestyles for the industrial cities and job opportunities. Comparing to their previous lifestyle, life in factories was harsh and the workers had to work up to sixteen hours for six or seven days a week with low wages. The workers only got breaks whenever the factory owners permit them and most of the factory owners were Social Darwinism or Rugged Individualism who didn’t care about their workers.