Industrial Revolution Argumentative Essay

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The Industrial Revolution wasn’t actually wasn’t as wonderful as some might think. The Industrial Revolution in the late 1700’s to the late 1800’s was where industrialization spread and many new inventions were created. While some might argue that industrialization had primarily positive consequences for society because the standard of living improved, financial opportunities were created, and a plethora of inventions were created, but it actually was a negative thing for society. Industrialization’s negative effects were deplorable working conditions for low pay, poor relationships between families, and an abundance of child labor.
The working conditions back during the Industrial Revolution were truly inexcusable. For example a poem from
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An interview with former flax mill worker shows “[I began work at the factory] When I was six years old” (Document 7). Children as young as five and six were introduced into the world of factory work. During this time the children should have been in school, learning the basic skills needed to function in society. A great deal of these children didn’t even know how to read or write, yet they were expected to do strenuous labor for twelve to sixteen hours a day. Some people might argue that for economic reasons such as low wages, employers would hire children instead of adult workers. They could get a handful of children at the price of a single adult worker. Nonetheless, these young children were in no condition for factory work. “[I am] considerably deformed in person as a consequence of this labor; It is very common [among factory workers] to have weak ankles and crooked knees” (Document 7). As a result of the copious hours of labor and laborious work, a plethora of children became deformed. They would experience immense amounts of pain from their deformities. On top of that an innumerable amount of these children became deformed to the point where they couldn’t work, and because employers didn’t pay worker’s comp the children were no longer able to support their collective families. (The children worked with dangerous machinery)(Document 8). Most children had to operate machinery with little to no safety …show more content…
In summary, the work hours were terrible. A myriad of the machines were unsafe. The wages were unfair. There was a lack of workers comp. Family members were like complete strangers to each other. Many children were horribly disfigured. All of these points strongly support that the Industrial Revolution was a negative thing for

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