The Helpful And Harmful Effects Of The Industrial Revolution

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The Industrial Revolution was a time period between the 1800s and the 1900s where there was many new inventions and ideas. During the Industrial Revolution factories started to be more popular all over the United States. Also, new types of transportation like the steamships, trains and automobiles brought safer and faster traveling. The Industrial Revolution was a time that encouraged change, but that change was not always a good one. The period of rapid industrial growth during the 1800s and into the early 1900s was more harmful because pollution, poor working conditions and labor strikes (Homestead Strike, Haymarket Affair, Pullman Strike).

The Industrial Revolution caused a lot of pollution from the factories and coal. The following
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In the Helpful and Harmful reading it talked about how terrible the factory life was. The narrator states, “Other Industries like meat packing for men and textiles for children often resulted in injuries like fingers being cut off.” This is no joke at all. In the meatpacking industry men would have to work long hours for little pay. Not only that, but if they used knives they had no gloves. That resulted into arms being white with frost and fingers growing numb. One muckraker named Upton Sinclair shattered the meat packing industry when he wrote “The Jungle.” In the reading Men in Meat Packing it talked about what were the working conditions like. Upton Sinclair states, “For that matter, there was very little heat anywhere in the building, except in the cooking rooms and such places- and it was the men who worked in these who ran the most risk of all, because whenever they have to pass to another room that it goes through ice cold corridors, and sometimes with nothing on above the waist except a sleeveless undershirt.” These working conditions were terrible and humans had to work through it everyday. It was so cold in these places that whenever the boss would turn around the workers would dash to the hot ares. One hot area was the hot water jets and the steaming hot carcass of the steer. Carcass means a dead animal so to be clear the workers would cover themselves in dead animals that would later be sold to humans. Think about that for a second; the workers would put there dirty feet inside of dead animals that would be sold to humans. That causes disease to spread and sickness to human beings. Another quote in the Men In Meat Packing showed what would happen if you touched the big cold pillars. The narrator states, “If you lean against a pillar, you would freeze to that, and if you put your hand upon the blade of your knife, you would run a chance of leaving your

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