Effects Of The Industrial Revolution On Child Labour Essay

917 Words Nov 1st, 2014 4 Pages
With these troubled economic times ahead, it might be good to look back on a time when this country had actual economic power. The Industrial Revolution, happening some time around the late 1700s-mid 1800s, marked Americas move from a country of handcrafters and farmers to an economic powerhouse of a country backed by the massive production of it’s factories. While some might argue that industrialization had primarily negative effects because of the excessive use of and the lack of limits on child labour, it was actually a positive thing for society. Industrialization 's positive effects were things getting easier to make, and as a result becoming cheaper/more accessible, and economic growth plus an increase in trade, and by extension better trade relationships with nations, which catapulted America into a new golden age.
Some say that an negative effect of the Industrial Revolution is child labour, and how it was overused and the children abused, but that’s just a generalization. Some chdren may have bad experiences with factories, yes, but that doesn’t mean that EVERY child got overworked and abused while working for the factories. For example, a letter sent from a Lowell Mill girl, Mary Paul to her father, states: “The overseer tells me that he never had a girl get along better than I do” and “The girls are all kind and obliging” (Document #1). This shoilws us that she very easily got along with her peers and had a somewhat friendly work environment. Also, her letter…

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