A Brief Note On The Industrial Revolution During The 19th Century

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The Industrial Revolution can be characterized by the transition to new manufacturing processes during the 18th and early 19th century. Accordingly, the Industrial Revolution brought many material benefits including, machines, which made work more efficient, it allowed mass production of goods, which made goods more affordable, and transportation was significantly improved, allowing easier travel between locations. However, the material benefits of the Industrial Revolution were outweighed by its social costs at the time due to harsh working conditions, the problem of poverty, and the growing issue of social inequality. Although the Industrial Revolution can be viewed as beneficial, the benefits were essentially outweighed by the social costs resulting from this time period. The harsh working conditions present in the Industrial Revolution were the cause of many various problems in people’s lives. The working conditions that factory workers were exposed to were unsafe and was the cause of many health problems. In Document 2 written by Charles Dickens during the 19th century, it describes how a factory worker worked to a crashing, smashing, tearing piece of machinery. It also states that after a day was ending, work had to be continued. Lastly, the document states the work area had steam coming from the escape pipe, a litter of barrels and old iron, shining heaps of coal, ashes everywhere, and a veil of mist and rain. Document 2 proves how workers were exposed to…

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