Did Industrialization Have A Greater Positive Or Negative Effect On Society?

1999 Words Oct 29th, 2015 8 Pages
Overall, did Industrialization have a greater positive or negative effect on society?
Many like to solely focus on the many great and new inventions during the Industrial Revolution; however, there were many more things going on that were simply overshadowed by these events. Too much time was needed in the factories to go to school and get an education. While some gained ample capital, others were left with hardly anything and were unable to have even the basic necessities. Not only did these people live in bad conditions, but they also worked in them as well. While some might argue that Industrialization had primarily positive consequences for society because of advancements in technology, it was actually a negative thing for society. Industrialization’s negative effects were little or no education, poor living conditions, and poor working conditions. A big part of why the Industrial Revolution was so negative was due to the lack of education for children during that time. From Document 7, it is easy to see why children had little time to go to school; “C: What were your hours of labour in that mill? B: From 5 in the morning till 9 at night, when they were thronged.” (Document 7). The children needed to work, as it was necessary for them to provide some of the income for the family. With low pay comes long hours that completely eradicated the idea of getting an education. Even if the hours were a fraction of the size, the stress from the factories would have made it…

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