Was The Industrial Revolution Harmful Or Beneficial

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In England, the Agricultural Revolution set into motion an insurgence of innovation and a booming population and economy. This is called the Industrial Revolution, or the increased output of machine made goods. But was the Industrial Revolution more harmful than beneficial? There are many benefits, but the Industrial Revolution was more harmful than beneficial to England in the 19th century because children were forced to work in dangerous conditions, the working class could not rise out of poverty, and there was growing resentment between the classes. The first reason that the Industrial Revolution was more harmful than beneficial was the fact that children were forced to work in dangerous for long hours and little pay.According to Joseph Hebergam, children were at the risk of dying every day from the machines not being safety inspected or regulated. In one mill he worked at for two and a half years, a dozen children …show more content…
In an interview, William Cooper stated that he didn’t have time to go to school, and that he can read but not right. If all children were like William Cooper, then it would have been harder for the working class to work in any better places than a horrible factory. While Friedrich Engel did get some of the middle class people to see the abhorrent situation of the working class, enough of the middle class didn’t care enough to help. In fact, some of the middle class were part of the problem! Another reason why the working class could not better their lives was because they spent most of their days working, they could not go to school. This applied mostly to children, as it is easier to learn things younger, but even if the children had time to go to school, they would be so exhausted from the factories. This lack of education for the poor made it easier for the wealthy to keep them ignorant and

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