Thesis: This model demonstrates how the industrial revolution in the 18th century impacted Britain children workers. The revolution minimized the jobs available for the workers within the community. Along with that, the conditions within the work place became unhealthy, and even unsafe.
This photo shows a factory using a machine called the spinning jenny, which is used to make wool and cotton products in the mid 1800’s. The key thing, being that it produces the product at a much more rapid rate, rather than having it hand manufactured (the point of industrialization). If we look closely in the photo we see there are many young women and even several children working in the factory. This is because many factories hired children for their size, since they could fit into small dangerous machinery that may need repairs or work. Having children working with factory machinery makes the work place very unsafe. Along with putting the mental and physical health or small children in danger.
Factories during the Industrial Revolution. 1765. Industrialrevolution.org, n.p.
This newspaper covers a story on an explosion that killed around 100 workers during the 1800’s. During industrialization, worker rights and priorities were often ignored. Which caused the conditions and the safety in the work place to be very poor. In this Pinterest Post there’s an image of young boys working in a factory. We can tell that the environment is unhealthy by the boys expression, and the adult to child ratio that is shown. The Economic History Article talks about the economic benefit that came with industrialization. We can conclude that a wage increase for workers was a sort of slow “work in progress”. Workers already were forced to be in unhealthy conditions and were be treated unfairly, and now having to struggle with not making enough money to support a family.
Industrialization negatively affected factory work places, along with the individual workers. Factories and businesses who introduced the new machinery to their companies, than started to target a greater number of child workers (which also promoted child labor to their society). The big machinery made an unsafe environment for children, especially seeing that the children where the main operators of the machinery.They were also forced to work long hours with minimal or no breaks. Industrialization made a negative impact in the work environment in many ways.
Martelli, Gibson /., Madame Truffles, Ross Altheimer, and Sam Edwards. “The Industrial Revolution.” Newspaper Club. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2016.
“Did Living Standards Improve during the Industrial Revolution?” The Economist. The Economist Newspaper, 13 Sept. 2013. Web. 14 Dec. 2016.
My Voyant analysis shows us that the words history, industrial, and revolution, showed up the most in the text. It also shows us that the words working, condition, and improved, were mentioned the least amount of times. This tells us that industrialization primarily cared about the history it was making, and the evolution of the machinery, and work. It also shows us that workers rights and conditions were not that important, that the main focus was on machinery, and how fast and efficient they could create their products. Which only leaves the workers with poor conditions. Friedrich Engels book also talks about the conditions and environments that were provided for the working environment during the revolution, and how industrialization played a role.
Engels, Friedrich. The Condition of the Working Class in England. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 1968. Print.
History.com Staff. “Industrial Revolution.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 14 Dec. 2016.
These sources strongly support my thesis is the model in several different ways. first, my sources explained and expressed what industrialization was, and how it played a role in their society and community. Next, the sources showed us the causes and effects industrialization had in the worker environment, along with how it effected the lives of the individual workers. Lastly, it gave us a wide variety of different perspectives on how industrialization affect different people in, and outside the work environment.