Essay on The Industrial Revolution During Great Britain

881 Words Nov 10th, 2014 4 Pages
“The Industrial Revolution first started in Great Britain and eventually progressed to the United States in the early 19th century. It was first created to raise people 's standard of living. Before the revolution, the majority of Americans lived on farms, small towns, or villages where there was little manufacturing (Industrial).” The industrial revolution had many effects including child labor, working conditions, and urbanization. Working conditions The working conditions during this period of time, was made up of the middle class. There were so many migrants and unskilled people looking for work so it was easy to take advantage of them and pay them less. Since they were unskilled yet desperate to work they didn’t ask for higher pay or better working hours, or working conditions. They couldn’t do anything about the poor conditions. “Only wealthy people in great Britain were eligible to vote, workers could not use the democratic political system to fight for rights and reforms. In 1799 and 1800, the British parliament passed the Combination acts, which made it illegal for workers to unionize, or combine, as a group to ask for better working conditions (Modern).” With so many people wanting a job, businesses would set wages as low as they choose. People didn’t mind because they were getting paid. The working hours were very long and tiresome such as 14 hour work days, maybe even 16 hour work days with maybe 1 hour breaks. That wasn’t even the worst part,…

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