Class Topic - Industrial Revolutions (DBQ)

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Post  Romane D. on Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:54 pm

The two Industrial Revolutions had both negative and positive effects. The great side of it was the growth of the economy and how it increased and the rate at which it spread around the world. The new inventions were extremely important and still affect us in a great way. Everything was made faster and better, the technology started to improve. The two Revolutions benefited many people at this time and even nowadays it still benefits us. In the end, was it all worth it?

The people who worked in the factories weren’t treated correctly and they were in really bad conditions. Thousands of people died because of the harsh work, they were beaten up, and this includes children. 22 year old Mathew Crabtree while explaining his experiences as child laborer in an English factory said, “ Never an hour, I believe” when he was asked if there was ever a time in the mill without hearing constant crying. This immediately shows us the pain that the people were experiencing working in the factories. Was it really necessary to treat people this was just to get money and improve the economy and technology?

It was a moment in history in which hard labor was one of the most common things in England. If you think about it, it really isn’t worth it. Why would people have to sacrifice their lives just for a better economy? This really wasn’t what they should’ve put up too, even though it was benefiting people around the world. It wasn’t fair for them and their family, the fact that they were beaten up isn’t correct, it’s completely inhuman. “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.” This is a quote by P. Gaskell, it is horrifying and states again the atrocities that the kids had to go through.

The first impressions that people have on the two Industrial Revolutions are good, but no one thinks of how it affected the population. In the end was it fair? Was it really worth it? Were all these people’s life this cheap? Think about it.
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Post  Mira W. on Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:42 pm

Of course human lives aren't worth it! I agree with you. While it was important for humanity to develop and modernize, it could have happened without such horrors taking place. The factory owners could have invested some of their profits to ensure safe working conditions, instead of pocketing all the money. Disgusting to think people were so greedy... The quotes made me want to cry! Good job, Romane Smile
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Post  Joshua T on Sun Apr 05, 2015 1:49 pm

The industrial revolution is known to be as one of the greatest turning points in history. SO many economic advances and inventions took place during this era.

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Post  Sarah Marti Roy on Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:23 pm

Before the Industrial Revolution, most goods were produced in small workshops or at home. Mass production in factories made it possible to manufacture goods more cheaply and quickly. Huge markets for these goods were opening up in the new cities, and in the lands that the European nations were conquering and settling overseas.
Good response to the class topic Romane! Keep it up Smile
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