Industrial Revolution DBQ Essay

934 Words Feb 16th, 2014 4 Pages
The industrial revolution was a time when countries such as Britain and France began to modernize and develop more goods for the general public. This innovation of manufacture led to a large demand of goods by the general public. This demand could only be accomplished by enforcing a large workforce to do the labor of creating the manufactured products. Although this large workforce resulted in modernization of the country as well as an economic boost, the industrial revolution also caused horrid working conditions and the mistreatment of women even though they dominated the workforce. Documents 3, 4, and 5 show how workers in the industrial revolution were placed in working conditions that were unbearable. A Meiji …show more content…
This document can show how the long work hours discussed in documents 3, 4, and 5 can cause tragic problems to the workers. Documents 7, 8, and 9 shares the idea that women were once mistreated as workers in the industrial revolution. Document 9 was a stanza written from a poem made by a Japanese silk worker who writes about the problems of being a female a worker. The stanza depicts ideas of hostility from men in the factory and sexual mistreatment. It provides enough information that it can be inferred women were used as sexual stress relievers for the men’s long work hours. The stanza provides this when the writer states the factory being a brothel. Document 8 also provides insight on the mistreatment of women as it goes into the accounts of a mill girl. Sakura Takuji states that women were treated as sexual opportunities for the male workforce. She goes on to say that the overseers would rape the females on their dorms since he overseers had the keys. This document shows how women were treated as sex toys for men. Document 7 also shows how the industrial revolution infringes on the treatment of females, but in a different perspective stated by an English trade union officer. This document shows the male of view of working women. According to this English officer girls who work in the factories become independent because they create an income for their family. However, this is a problem to the men because of the

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