The English textile, factories were bad for for their health. They weren’t treated well and they were taking advantages of children. “It’s definitely true that there have been instances and abuses with cruelty in many factories,” said Dr. Michael Ward in 1819. “In many instances the muscles, and the skin is stripped down to the bone,” he added. Another man, Edward Baines, who was forced to work in a factory as child, Although Baines he strongly supported to end slavery. He knows that the human frame is liable to an endless variety of diseases. Such children would forced to
In the years of the Victorian Era, England witnessed a shift from a traditionally agrarian system to a booming industrial wage economy which included the rise of factories in the nation. This drastic alteration resulted in increasingly hazardous working conditions for factory workers in particular and grueling shifts that often led to physical disfigurements. Although the conditions for these workers, including some especially young children, could be unmerciful at times, it took years for regulations in favor of the workers to be put into place and much longer for them to be properly implemented and enforced. Within both William Dodd’s A Narrative of the Experience and Sufferings of William Dodd, a Factory Cripple, Written by Himself and Elizabeth
Conditions of factories were not safe for anyone, let alone a small child. Due to these conditions many children died before their prime. Many children “began work at age 5, and generally died before they were 25” (www.victorianweb.org), America was beginning to lose an entire generation due to these working conditions that so many had to endure. Children were hired at an alarming rate. “In 1870, the first time census reported child workers, there were 750,000 workers in the United States age 15 and under, not including those who worked on family farms or in other family businesses” (“Child Labor in America”), these numbers were not something that was looked over, it astonished many. “A cotton manufactory of 5 or 6000 spindles will employ those 200 children” (Bremner 232). The workforce would continuously grow, hiring more and more children each day. Factories were good for using children as a means of their productivity. “Textile factories, for the most part […] were in the forefront of this industrial revolution, and children formed an essential component of the new industrial workforce” (Bremner 232). Many times without these children working some of these factories would not have survived through the revolution.
Textile factories are not safe for working class families. Working condition in the factories were not safe or healthy for the children working. A doctor named Dr.Ward says “. . . We could not remain ten minutes in the factories without gasping for breath.” He also says “ There were forty-seven injured . . .” (House of Lords Committee interview Dr.Ward). Joseph Herbergam was once working in the factories as a kid. Herbergam says “ My leg muscles do not function properly . . .”. He also talks about how he may die in a year because all the fumes he inhaled as a child. (Testimony of Joseph Herbergam to the Sadler committee). Dr.ward is a doctor so he is aware of what is harmful to breath in. It was unhealthy for many reasons but one reason
In the Report on the Conditions of the Laboring Population of Great Britain, Edwin Chadwick discussed diseases, filth, overcrowding, bad ventilation, and short lives of the laboring classes (Doc 5). Furthermore, individuals spoke against safety and health conditions in factories across Europe. Illnesses were widespread and children suffered from disease as well. Tocqueville (Doc 3) and Tristan (Doc 6), a guest and a ladies' rights advocate from France respectively, remarked on the “physical and moral degradation of this class of the population”, claiming that the factories were creating harmful pollution to the environment and poisoning the people with unsafe contamination; however, the conflict between the French and the English might just have made them enhance and amplify this issue, exaggerating the actual health problems the factories produced. Similarly, Chadwick was plagued and daunted by the foul, filthy work regions of the laboring classes (Doc 5).
Dr. Ward states that the factories were unfavorable to both the health and the morals of the workers (House of lords interview with Michael Ward). Dr. Ward also said , “The health of children in other manufactures is much worse” (House of lords interview with Michael Ward). And in another case a young man by the name of Joseph Hebergam was told by a doctor that he’d be dead within the year due to ¨Overwork” and ¨Insufficient diet¨ (Testimony of Joseph Hebergam to the soldier committee). Dr. Wards statement claimed that the factories affected both the children's health and morals which should bring us to ask, how bad must these factories be. Obviously children
"Last Thursday one girl fell down and broke her neck which caused instant death. She was going in or coming out of the mill and slipped down it being very icy" (Paul). This quote emphasizes the daily struggles that young children faced during the industrial revolution as far as looking out for their own well being. Children initially were involved in the work industry as a result of machines taking over thousands of men's jobs. Pictures of the factories sent very negative emotions to all who saw them, despite the positive sounding letters that were sent home. The work industry, for children, was extremely dangerous, and as stated in the source, children often died will on the job because of poor working conditions. Although the letters that children sent home to their families may have sounded positive overall, the images of children at work are anything but pleasurable to witness. As a result of analyzing these sources, that working as a child could be lethal, however, the letter contradicts the pictures by claiming the work environment is pleasurable.
Textile factories were not safe for working class families for the reason that the people were injured and unhealthy. A few people entered into the textile factories unhealthy which could´ve made their health issues worse. The interviewee , Dr. Holme says that the people employed were in great health. He also said that the children he had seen were all in health and that the hours they worked were not injurious to their health. John Birley says that they had good food and good beds. He also says that they were treated kindly. Dr . Holme says that Mr. Pooley employed 401 people and 363 people were in good health. Dr. Holme also said that the factories were as healthy as any other part of the working classes of the community. His conclusion was
Mortality rates were decreasing rapidly. This was not only an effect of the poor living conditions, but also of the high pollution that was being created by the factories. Conditions for adult and children in the factory during the Industrial Revolution were unrelenting in its enforcement of tough rules, long hours and its unsanitary and, sometimes, dangerous environment. According to author, the mill work that Sam and the other children did was dangerous nor particularly difficult. Children of the Industrial Revolution perhaps suffered more than the adults also “some of the children had their hands terribly lacerated by the carding machine”. Owners realized that children were easier to train and control and they were forced to work as young as eight years old. They worked for many hours in factories and were denied their education. At such a young age, education and the support of family would have been instrumental in the development of such an impressionable mind. The innocence of what it means to be a child was exploited by the business owners who wished only to gain more
Taking after a flare-up of fever among the kids working in their cotton processes, the general population of Manchester, England, started requesting better working conditions in the manufacturing plants. Open weight in the long run
Factories were unsafe for the health of working families due to the House Of Lords curiosity on if factories were healthy or unhealthy,Interviewing John Birley, Dr.Ward,and Edward Baines.John Birley says,”but before we were examined we were washed up and cleaned up and ordered to tell them we liked working at the mill and were well treated”.John birley also says,”needham beat us with a knob-stick till we could scarcely crawl”.John Birley worked in the factory as a kid.Dr.Ward quotes,”the number of children who had received injuries from the machinery amounted to very nearly one half.There were forty-seven injured in this way”.Dr.Ward was a surgeon in the infirmary and witnessed children's injuries.Edward Baines quotes,”Above all it is alleged
Although, others may prove that factory life was, in fact, safe, and it gave others benefits due to working in these factories. Factory life is indeed a very high risk for these kids to be working in, due to the conditions and injuries they encountered while working in the factory. During the 1800’s many doctors treated some employees that did work in factories. Dr.ward stated that “They are really nurseries of disease and vice.” ( House of Lords Interview Dr. Ward ).
I think that the english textile factories were were bad for the health of the working class families because in article A Michael Ward said that the kids in there were getting their arms and legs just sliced open and fingers taken off. Also in document B it says that the person who wanted the reporter to take a report of the factory was the owner of the factory and that could mean that he just made a lot of that up. Another reason that i think that the factories are bad is because in document C it says that the workers had to work all day and they got only one meal. One more reason that I think that the factories were bad is because in document D it says that the children were often beaten by their overlookers.
John says he will die within a year as a result of the unsafe working conditions and an insufficient diet. Joseph had lost his brother because of the unsafe conditions and improper treatment of an infection. Joseph goes on and on about all the people who were hurt and injured of the years he had been there because of how unsafe it was. Both these documents have a clearly negative point of view and are not bias on the fact that they are interviews of workers who know the true extent of the factories. In 1844 Friedrich Engels wrote The Conditions of the Working Class in England.
I believe they were not right in the 1800’s about the condition was bad because a doctor said this.The bad conditions was bad in the factory. There were benten by the kids from the grown ups. You can hardly breathe in the cotton factory. Kids getting hurt in the machinery. People did not go to the hospital.