A Brief Note On The Industrial Revolution During The 19th Century

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Changing 12, 14, and even 16 hour workdays to only eight hours was major decision that had to be made in the 19th century. Since the Industrial Revolution changed the way many people worked, working longer hours in factories involved having to work in harsh conditions, causing illness and disease. This was hard because laborers worked long hours with very small chances of an advancement. Because of this, many workers resorted to strikes or stopping until their demands were met, but ended up giving up and going back to work. Since working long hours is bad for the laborers health, adjusting the time spent working to eight hours will help workers become more attentive, while also making the unemployment rates decrease. The worker 's…show more content…
Along with developing conditions like anemia from working extensive hours in factories, nervous diseases like neurasthenia were common. This disease has been found by physicians and physiologists to be alarmingly prevalent among industrial workers, mostly because of the strain of immense work hours. Reducing exhaustive hours of labor would give employees the chance to improve their health, making them improve the quality of their work. Furthermore, people developed physical stress because of the substantial shift from having an economy based mostly on agriculture to one based on mainly manufacturing. Even though in factory work, where no particular diseases threaten, disease would be spread quickly. Apart from neurasthenia, many other illnesses spread. Majority of the diseases spread would be the cause of over fatigue. An example of how diseases may spread more rapidly is from an expert included in Supreme Court Brief: “Thus, for instance, of two groups of animals, the one resting and the other fatigued by muscular work and both inoculated by pathogenic bacteria, the fatigued animals succumb more quickly and in larger numbers.” Also, scientific laboratory experiments prove that fatigue markedly diminishes the power of the blood to overcome bacteria and their toxic
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