The change from Cottage industry to Factory system

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The change from Cottage industry to Factory system

Post  JeremyM on Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:43 pm

The change from a cottage intustry to a factory system occured first in Europe, Great britian to be exact, around the 1780's. The cottage system was a place in the rural area that produced textile products for clothing, sheets and shoes very slowly. It was very ineficiant and slow way of producing products for life. When a factory system was developed the idea was to produce something in a massive way with a greater rate of making. The factories usually had to be near running water so that the machines had a natural power source to make them work. Because of such great movement, to have a job people needed to move from farm lands and near where the factories are so they could have a job since the machines were making the products rural workers were making.
The movement of when a great mass of people moved from rural areas to an urban city is called "urbanization". This movement again was made so that people wouldn't completely lose their jobs. With the change from a cottage industry to a factory system, population began to grow greatly. One of many theories because of this population growth is because of so many people moving together and getting to know each other, with a great amount of food supply to support the rise of humans,
there was a lot of "getting to know eachother".
Why do you think that changing from a cottage industry to a factory system had such a great affect on the industrial revolution?

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Re: The change from Cottage industry to Factory system

Post  MariaelenaFarina on Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:51 pm

Why do you think that changing from a cottage industry to a factory system had such a great affect on the industrial revolution?
- Well, in order for Britain to become a more modern city, change was bound to happen. The cottage industry was inefficient, time consuming, and basically a pain in the back side. The huge step forward when the factory system was starting to get popular was immense. Although many positives came from this change, there were also many negative aspects to this. The quality of life got noticeably worse. There were more people per square mile as the population increased. Wages were lowered and benefits were not included. There was also no such thing as health insurance back then either, so if you got injured on the job, you had to deal with it.

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Re: The change from Cottage industry to Factory system

Post  Brock M. Hay on Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:36 pm


Well the fourth blog this year made in February is a start I suppose. Yes this is all good information on the evolution from the cottage industry to the production of factories. The effect was that work was available for those who lost jobs due to enclosure laws, however this caused overcrowded cities and making cities filled with low class citizens and unsanitary conditions.

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Re: The change from Cottage industry to Factory system

Post  AnaMartinez on Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:12 pm

Why do you think that changing from a cottage industry to a factory system had such a great affect on the industrial revolution?

I think that the changing from a cottage industry to a factory system had such a great affect on the industrial revolution because it was a period of time in which everything improved, everything became larger and more powerful. The cottage industry was just a time in which families worked in their homes with small machines that would take days just to make something out of them. When the factory system was introduced, everything was improved. People had to get out of their homes to work and not to mention, there was a lot more space to work in. The machines were also improved and larger, which made it more difficult to work at homes with those rather large machines.

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