Being Born Into The Working Class Essays

1994 Words Mar 17th, 2016 8 Pages
During the Victorian Era from 1873-1901, the urban working class’ life was unbearable because they often had to work from an early age in mines or streets, grow up and work jobs that no one wanted like scavenging for valuables in toxic water, and live in workhouses which was government housing for the poor. From an early age, a boy or girl born into the working class had to work to survive. Then he or she would have to get a job, if not they would have to live and work in the worst place imaginable, a workhouse. If they did acquire a job, the job was painstakingly hard on their bodies and health. Most of the working class did not make it to an old age due to disease, work accident, or infection. This was the reality of being born into the working class. When a child was born into the working class of the Victorian Era, they often had to get jobs so that the family could survive. As a child, their small stature would allow them to perform jobs that adults could not do. For example, children were needed for jobs in mines because they could be in smaller spaces to open trap doors to let fresh air circulate inside mines. “In coal mines, children worked underground in small dark spaces opening and closing traps that provided ventilation” (Mitchell 43). These children were called ‘trappers’ and could be found working as young as four or five years of age. There was no age limit to when a child could work as long as they performed the task that was asked of them.
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