Industrial Revolution Working Class Analysis

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Before the Industrial Revolution society used to be a lot different. There were three classes; peasants, middle class and the nobility. Most of the population was made up of peasants, but they often didn’t have political voices and were looked at differently. Family as a production unit was very important to the peasants as well as self-sufficiency. However as things started to change these values grew harder to upkeep. The lives of children, women, and their roles we greatly changed and not necessarily for the better. I stand with the working class and demand reform in the industrial labor system. The system is unjust and completely barbaric. The working class is tired of working like dogs and being paid like mice. With that being said, as …show more content…
What they want is for the hours to be shorter and less strenuous. They realize that they need their children’s incomes and are unable to live without them. This in turn makes it virtually impossible for them to ever learn how to read and write. Without being able to read and write they are unable to break out of the working class. It keeps most of the population constantly tied down and oppressed. This is unacceptable for the future of the working class. Looking at this in a different perspective might help. People who are able to move up in life tend to try harder and work harder than those who know that their work can’t get them there. They have to put themselves and their children into unsafe and unreasonable situations in order to survive. A 14 year old girl named Mary shares with the interviewer just how unsafe the environment really can be. She briefly outlines what she has to …show more content…
The factories are a mess and simply disgusting. They are unhealthy and unsettling. No one wants to work at a place that is going to make them ill and unable to work. The conditions are so bad and injuries are very likely to happen because of the use of machinery. People have lost hands, fingers, or simply gotten very ill from the material that they work with. Diseases spread so easily throughout the factories and no one is able to afford the time to sit home and get better. If they take “sick leave” they risk putting their whole family at risk because of the loss of wages. According to Chadwick’s Report on Sanitary Conditions, “That the annual loss of life from filth and bad ventilation are greater than the loss from death or wounds in any wars in which the country has been engaged in modern times”(Chadwick,1). The death in these factories outnumbered those in wars and that is just plain disgusting. How does something like that even happen? The sanitary conditions need to change in these factories. It’s not hard to imagine why employers don’t think it’s wrong, after all they aren’t forcing anyone to work for them. It is hard to imagine that factory owners would even allow their factories to become so revolting. It is their job as the owners to make sure that it is a safe working environment for its employees. If your employees are safe and well taken care of their quantity and quality of work is going to be so much

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