The Industrial Revolutuin

Jennifer Paul

Cause and Effect of the Industrial Revolution

Growing populations across Europe called for more production of clothes, food, and etc. The growing population during the Industrial Revolution turned its agricultural history into manufacturing. Factories started to form and took over cities, such as London, England, creating more employment for the citizens.

Change and Continuity

The Industrial Revolution lasted from the late 1700's to the early 1900's. During those 200 years, large production of all necessities began to form from clothes to food and even the way everyone washed their clothes. Also throughout that time, the population of cities began to increase heavily by thousands every year. Cities with large populations built factories as to where all of its citizens would work. Those who worked in factories worked for long, stressful hours and worked in dangerous conditions. Those who benefited the worst throughout this time were the factories workers because all of the production relied on their shoulders. There was no room for mistakes.

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Turning Points

Throughout the Industrial Revolution, many new inventions were created. All of the inventions were used to make manufacturing more efficient. An example of an invention was the Cotton Gin. The Cotton Gin made the way that we made clothes become quicker since the population increase called for more clothing. Before the cotton textiles, cotton was spun by hand with the help of wooden machines. This was known as the Cottage Industry. But during the Industrial Revolution, cotton making turned into metal machines which required less work and spun much quicker.

Through Their Eyes

The heart and soul of the factories during the Industrial Revolution were the factory workers. During a typical work day everyone worked, on average, twelve hours and had an hour and a half worth of breaks to eat. Inside these factories, the workers worked next to enormous spinning gears that you could get stuck in if you were not careful. Also, the workers were shown no mercy and did not have bathroom breaks, nor were they allowed to communicate with others on the job. The most common to be employed in factories were women and children. Children were commonly used because they could fit inside of the machines. They brought home very little money for their families.
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Using The Past

Today throughout the world, there are still children who work every single day to make as much money as they can for their families. This has been going on since the Industrial Revolution. They work in factories, tobacco fields, anything where they can make some quick cash. These children do not get off the hook if a job is too complex for them. Lots of these children end up severely sick and get wounded for life. For example, kids who work in tobacco fields, get sick from the toxins and pesticides that come off the the tobacco plants. It's important to understand this topic because it is not safe to keep putting our children in these dangerous conditions. If they have problems at home where they do not have enough money for their necessities, there should be others paths they can take that does not lead to harming them. Children all around the world are being put in these situations.
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