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Industrial Revolution DBQ

Post  CicelyS on Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:50 am


Guiding Question: Access the validity of the following statement: The benefits of the economic and technological advances gained during the Industrial Revolution justify the ill treatment of workers during the time period. Use at least TWO of the following documents as evidence for arguing for/against this claim.




During the Industrial Revolution there were many technological and mechanical advancements and this movement helped shape the world we live in today. Unfortunately, this time also brought with it many downsides and disadvantages. Child labor became widely used and human rights were basically ignored all together. The factories in which people were working, were unhygienic and most workers had very long shifts of around14 hours. Abuse and beatings also took place in these factories, for both the children and the adults. Many people say today that the benefits of the Industrial Revolution outweighed the cons, yet this would signify that mass production and money is more important than the safety of thousands of humans, which is simply outrageous.
              We have many primary sources that provide evidence in the sense that human rights were ignored throughout the Industrial Revolution. Medical records and interviews exist that show the terrible conditions the working class endured. “So that you can hardly be in a mill without hearing constant crying?
- Never an hour, I believe.”
This shows how abuse was perpetual in the factories and children were being harmed. Child labor was popular due to the fact that kids were easier to manipulate and the factory owners didn’t have to pay them as much as the adults. In addition to this, the low wages also forced more people to work in a family because one person alone could not support his or her family and necessities. There may have been new inventions and advancements that influenced our modern world, but this could have been achieved without the consequences that were inflicted upon the laborers.” Cooped up in a heated atmosphere, debarred the necessary exercise, remaining in one position for a series of hours, one set or system of muscles alone called into activity, it cannot be wondered at – that its effects are injurious to the physical growth of a child.” Pain is one things, but lifelong reminders of the torturous activities that took place inside the factories is another. The children working in the mills were affected later in life by their “jobs”, and we can see this through the medical observations of Andrew Ure. He explains how the children’s positions would affect their bones and muscles and they would never be the same again.
           In my opinion, the abuse, low wages, lack of workers compensation, and mental scarring was not worth the pros of the Industrial Revolution. It is unfortunate that such amazing inventions like the machines of this revolution could not have been put to a greater use. Yes, we did get mass production of cars, clothing, and more, but this did not have to include the saddening truths of what came alongside the advantages. The factories were hellish placed for those who worked there, and they did not have to be this way. Nothing can justify the pain and suffering that the working class endured, nothing.
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Post  Joshua T on Mon May 04, 2015 3:26 pm

The Industrial Revolution was a turning point in history. Technologies became more advanced. Big reason of why we are so advanced today.

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Post  Romane D. on Wed May 06, 2015 11:04 pm

I agree with you Cicely, it is true that there were advantages but it is horrible to see what all these people had to go through. In the end I even ask myself if it was worth it. It's terrifying to see what humans are capable of doing. The Industrial Revolution was still extremely important and increased greatly the amount of weapons and other utensils that are still used nowadays.
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