The American Industrial Revolution
And It's Negative Impact on American Society
Poor Factory Conditions
The Industrial Revolution sparked poor factory conditions. For example, in the 1845 Lowell Mill Girl's Petition, it states that many workers were "exposed to the poisonous contagion of air, vegetable, animal and mineral properties." Besides poisonous gas, workers also were " confined in unhealthy apartments" and were "debarred from physical exercise." All in all, the working conditions were dirty, confined and unacceptable.
The Industrial Revolution was the start of child labor. For instance, in an primary document source that we read in class, it states "the child is paid one shilling." Children never go payed much and often had to " go under the machine, while it is going." This was a very dangerous and definitely an unsafe job for a child. Overall, the conditions children faced during the Industrial Revolution were cruel and life threatening.
During the Industrial Revolution workers worked long hours with little amount of pay. As stated in a secondary source document, "For workers it frequently means only long working hours and terribly factory conditions." Not only did workers working in horrible factory conditions, but had to work there for 12-18 hours. In the Lowell Mill Girl's Petition, 1845 it states "by toiling from thirteen to fourteen hours per day." In general, working hours were extremely long during the Industrial Revolution.
Poor Factory Conditions
Sum it up!
The Industrial Revolution caused a nagative impact to American society. Although the Industrial Revolution sparked inventions and transportation, it also brought child labor and brutal factory conditions to America. The long working hours that workers faced throughout the time period of the Industrial Revolution harmful and negatively impacted society. The cons in the Industrial revolution outweigh the pros because there were many people hurt, killed and mistreated through this time period. Overall, the American Industrial Revolution negatively changed the course of American society for the worst.
Working Hours Citation: Lowell Mills Girl's Petition, 1845 and Hakim, Joy. Freedom: A History of US., New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
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