Engels And The Industrial Revolution

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The Industrial Revolution, which began in England, brought on many advancements in the production of textiles. This revolution that improved the manufacturing industry’s ability to produce goods in mass quantity with less labor should have been a way that the industrial worker’s lives improved. However, the opposite occurred. Engels describes a competitive working environment where workers competed to make enough money to survive with their families. Their survival only led to more suffering of neglect, poverty, and squalor. Engels book, Condtion of the Working Class in England, 1845, is a detailed account of the proletariat who were oppressed by the bourgeoisie. Engels wrote a dismally detailed account of the working class place during the Industrial Revolution in England, placing the workers in the cities as subhuman, expendable, and economically less expensive to maintain than a slave. Engels depicts the Industrial Revolution centralizing capital and people. The people were divided by property owning upper class, the bourgeoisie, and the lower class of working people, the proletariat. The division of these two groups of people grew each day as the Industrial Revolution continued. Engels describes in his Introduction chapter, a barbarous indifference of the working class and capital as the weapon used against them. The bourgeoisie justified social inequality, described by Engels as social murder, as a natural act. Engels wrote, “Population becomes centralized just as
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