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Class Topic: The Industrial Revolution

Post  Vasilisa on Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:47 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.

The Industrial Revolution began in Britain in 1780’s, an occurrence that made mass production not a dream but a reality. Changing from cottage industries, products that were handmade at home, to factory systems requiring labor. People urbanized cities to find work at the factories. Workers got hardly paid, they worked for more than 12 hours a day, and constantly put themselves in danger. Although the circumstances at the factories were dreadful, everyone wanted a job, from adults to kids. The spreading of industrialization took off really quickly starting with Europe all the way to America. Does a turning point in history justify the the damage to the lives of its people? From my point of view it is not justified, the benefits of the revolution weren’t worth the costs.

The way that workers at the factory were treated was horrible and got beaten up each time they stopped working or were late was horrible. “What was the consequence if you had been too late? -I was most commonly beaten” Matthew Crabtree, factory worker. The factory owners didn’t care about the safety or the state of their workers. Even though workers were treated badly, there always was a line of workers looking for a job at a factory. All, kids and adults, had to work to be able to support their families and acquire food for them selves. This had a horrible effect on the kids and their health condition. “The spinal column bends beneath the weight of the head … the legs curve, and the whole body loses height” P. Gaskell, medical observer. The quote describes how the health of the kids working at the factories declines as they grow up. The idea that kids have to work to survive is out of mind. The circumstances aren’t fit for a grown up, and totally aren’t suitable for kids.

Other people believe that the price that was paid was worth the cost. “The blessings which physio-mechanical science has bestowed on society, and the means it has still in store for ameliorating the lot of mankind, have been too little dwelt upon” Andrew Ure, enthusiast for the new manufacturing system. The damage lives was a fair price for the rise of prosperity of Great Britain. They think that the advantages that were brought to us by Industrial Revolution was worth everything in return.  

In my opinion getting rich by putting life of humans in danger, especially kid’s lives, was not worth the Industrial Revolution. Manufacturing was a great step in human history that made it possible to produce more objects at faster rate. Its depressing how such an accomplishment was achieved in such an unethical way.  


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Re: Class Topic: The Industrial Revolution

Post  Mira W. on Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:39 pm

I completely agree with you. None of the workers, adult or child, did not deserve these terrible conditions. It was simply the greed of factory owners which led to such horrors... It is truly sad to think humanity was able to to sink this low while seeking money. Apparently, money is worth more than human lives. Huh. Great work, Lisa! Smile
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Post  Joshua T on Sun Apr 05, 2015 1:44 pm

The industrial revolution is known to be as one of the turning points in history.

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Post  Vasilisa on Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:59 am

Yes Mira! Money isn't suppose to be worth more than people or our environment. I believe that its a big problem nowadays and its almost impossible to fix it now.

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