What Was The Positive Effects Of The Industrial Revolution In The 19th Century

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In the 19th century, Manchester developed with an industrial revolution that led to the city being an industrial center in England. Because the growth in the industry was on such a large scale in a small amount of time, there were both negative and positive reactions. Some were concerned with health due to the change in living conditions and the introduction of unsafe and unsanitary factories, while others were concerned with the aesthetic appeal of the city. In general, the majority of the population reacted negatively to industrialization. Robert Southey, an English Romantic poet, says that Manchester lacks the basic necessities of life (Doc 2). In his description of Manchester, Southey states that the buildings of the city are large and …show more content…
Thomas B. Macaulay describes (in an essay that responds to Robert Southey in Doc 2) the negative views to the positive as that of comparing a cottage to a factory to see which is more appealing (Doc 3). He says that the development of the manufacturing system had led to longer life due to more food, better homes and clothes, and improved attention to sickness. However, because Macaulay is a liberal Member of Parliament, he is bound to have these views. The liberal side promotes change, meaning Macaulay will as well. Alexis de Tocqueville makes a statement that sounds negative at first, until the meaning of his words in Document 5 are examined; he states that from sewers, although filthy, "pure gold flows." Industrialization from his point of view was, although appearing to be a dirty, disastrous thing, a large step forward from humanity. His odd standpoint on industrialization may come from his origins. Tocqueville is from a prerevolutionary France, meaning that he has yet to see the benefits of industrialization. In Doc 9, Wheelan and Co. By making a statement saying that Manchester is the most aesthetically appealing city in England, and that beauty cannot be experienced unless you 're physically there. Compared to the first lines of Doc 7, it shows the improvements in the city. However, because Wheelan and Co. Is a business, they are biased in trying to appeal to others in their directory. William Alexander Abram, a journalist and historian, published an article in 1868 explaining how the factory laborers conditions had improved greatly throughout the 2 century (Doc 10). Abram combats the statistics in Doc 8, telling how the conditions have changed for the better of the population 's

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