Enclosure movement (Industrial Revolution)

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Enclosure movement (Industrial Revolution)

Post  Paola fix on Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:50 pm

Since farming was the main process in the Industrial Revolution farmers had to be very aware of their crops, but not many farmers had the opportunity to protect them, which mostly goes to the peasant farmers. The rich landowners made enclosures to prevent the other farmers from using their land by putting a fence to declare it a private property. Back in the 1500s however they also enclosed their lands to gain pastures for the wool output, made from sheep's. Later, around the 1700s they wanted to create bigger fields that could be cultivated better. Because millions of acres were enclosed, farm outputs rose. Not only did this happen but the profit increased also because there was less labor needed for the big fields. This progress however, had a cost for humans. The majority of the working farmers lost their work, and for the small farmers, they had no choice but to flee because of the impossible competition with the big farms. It also affected the villages, workers would leave their land on the search for a new job. As the revolution developed they started moving to towns and cities. There they would form a growing labour force helping the machines of the industries work.

Source: W.H. text book

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Re: Enclosure movement (Industrial Revolution)

Post  ebeli on Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:51 pm

at this period of the time, crops were important. specially for farmers who there jobs were to grow the crops! farmers just wanted the best for them and for the production of crops and they will do anything to protect it!!!!!

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