The Industrial Revolution Is Done More Good For America Than It Has Done Harm

793 Words Nov 10th, 2015 4 Pages
The Industrial Revolution has changed America in many ways, some good and some bad. The most important changes that brought about the Industrial Revolution were the invention of machines to do the work of hand tools, the use of steam, and later of other kinds of power, in place of the muscle of human beings and animals, and the adoption of the factory system. In my opinion the Industrial Revolution has done more good for America than it has done harm.
In the beginning of the Industrial Revolution there weren’t many laws that governed the industries. They could hire seven year old children to work full time in coal mines. And there were no regulations on what industries could do with their biohazard waste. In the beginning the working class, which made up about 80%, had no bargaining power with their employers. For the first generation of workers, working conditions were very tough, and sometimes tragic. Most of the workers worked ten to fourteen hours a day, six days a week, with no paid vacation or holidays. Each industry had their safety issues as well, “for example the process of purifying iron demanded that workers toiled amidst temperatures as high as 130 degrees in the coolest part of the ironworks. Dangerous condition and little pay brought about labor unions whose goal was to represent the workers. “As more and more workers collectively studied their condition, they concluded that organization could help. Unions demanded higher pay, safer practices and limited…

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