“Social Classes Role in Bringing About Change During the Industrial Revolution"

1081 Words Nov 24th, 2011 5 Pages
The industrial revolution, a period of transition and innovation, inevitably brought with it changes. Life for both rich and poor was changed. The Industrial Revolution brought about the birth of two classes: The middle class and the working class. In the article “The Communist Manifesto” (1848) by Karl Marx, it states that “Marx saw the oppression of the worker by those who owned means of production.”(1) Did the Industrial Revolution benefit both, or yet cause grievance in one and be beneficial to the other. Where everyone truly aided by the great rise in standard of living? Those are the questions to be asked when contemplating if workers from all classes successfully united to bring about radical change. In my opinion the change that …show more content…
This unprecedented growth and profit was another social change that occurred during the Industrial Revolution. The laissez-fair approach taken by the government allowed capitalism to flourish. There were little or no government regulations imposed upon factory policies, and this allowed the wealthy, middle-class owners to pursue whichever path was most profitable, regardless of the safety and well being of their workers
. .“Middle class were not totally unaware of the consequences of industrialization for society. Doctrines served to justify the position of the middle class to support policies it usually favored, and to rationalize the poor state the working class. (4) Even though the working class was treated badly and very less fortunate, there were still boundaries and rules to get them by. Samuel Smiles believes that self-help is the only answer to problems. “Labor is not only a necessity, and duty but a blessing.” How is it possible that the poorer classes could remain healthy and a reasonable expectation of life under such conditions? … The physical condition of workers shows a progressive deterioration. “The duty of work is written on the thews and muscles of the limbs, the mechanism of the hands, and the lobes of the brain—the sum of whose healthy action is satisfaction and enjoyment.”(4) The working class may not have tangible

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