The Industrial Revolution

By: Aaron Mount

The Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution was a time where there were a lot of poor people in poverty throughout the world. However, it was also when many inventions were made. These inventions sped up the progress of producing items and goods. Inventions made travel faster, like the making of the first steam engine.

New Poor Laws

The New Poor Laws were laws that forced people in poverty to work in large factories. They would start working at age eight and continue through age thirty-five. Also, they would work twelve hour shifts each day. Girls had to wear their hair up so that it would not get it snagged or cut off in anyway. This proves how dangerous and harmful the machinery was during that time. They were compensated for their work, but it was very little.

Inventors and their Inventions

One of the inventors of this time was Thomas Edison. His invention was the light bulb. Without this invention we would not be able to see well in dark places. Another inventor was Alexander Graham Bell. He invented the telephone which was used to talk to people long distance. Henry Ford created the first automobile, which means that if he never had invented this then we wouldn't have cars like we still have today. The inventions were not safe like the new machines that the world has today. For example, the car did not have seat belts installed for its passengers. These inventors impacted our world significantly because if it wasn't for them we would not have the machines we have today.

Child Labor

During this time child labor existed. Child labor is when a child is put to work for a long amount of time. This also put the children in danger while operating the machinery.

When the New Poor laws came around, children were involved in doing work as well. They would start to work at the age eight and up. The children would have to work for twelve hours a day, then they would trade off with other children when their shift was over. Sometimes the children would end up working a night shift to earn extra money. Often times they were in danger of being hurt while working in the factories. This was due to the machines and how fast of a pace they had to work.

Assembly Lines

The assembly lines were supposed to speed up the process of making goods and items, just like any other machine that was built during the New Poor Laws.

The assembly lines were introduced during the New Poor Laws. This helped many companies produce more of what they needed in a short amount of time. Just like any other workers that were poor, they would work long hours. Another thing about the assembly lines was that they needed to work at a fast pace, but they also had to make sure that they were doing everything right and neat. They would stand instead of sit, but they would get lunch breaks in order to be able to eat.

End to the Industrial Revolution

After this era of inventions, child labor, and poverty the poor were set free and child labor never existed again in the future. Granted, there were bad things that went on with the Industrial Revolution, yet we need to also remember the good things that it entailed. The inventions that were invented and how we started to make labor more efficient. Therefore, this was probably the most important time in world history.