Industrial Revolution

1094 WordsNov 2, 20145 Pages
The Industrial Revolution began in England during the 1700s and spread across Europe then North America, and eventually the world. This revolution assisted life but also made life more difficult as well. Gender roles were changed, products were made more efficiently and many jobs were created. This also meant that people lived in cramped houses, air pollution levels were high and people died of or suffered illnesses from working in factories. This essay will be discussing whether the Industrial Revolution has done more harm than good. The role of each gender was changed due to the Industrial Revolution. Before the Industrial revolution men, women and children worked together as part of a cottage industry. As the Industrial Revolution…show more content…
In some situations whole families lived in a single room. Jacob Riis, a well-known social reformer quoted: ‘Look into any of these houses; every where’s the same… Here is a “flat” and two pitch-dark coops called bedrooms... One, two, three beds are there… The closeness and smell are appalling. How many people sleep here? The woman with the red bandanna shakes her head sullenly, but the bare-legged girl with a bright face counts on her fingers...."Six, sir!"’ Air pollution was a major environmental problem caused by the Industrial Revolution. Pollution produced both indoors and outdoors caused a decline in the health of the society. There were visible particles of soot and smoke and invisible gases such as sulphur oxide and carbon monoxide. Factories and transport systems misused coal and gas which lead to the increase in pollution at astronomical levels. An example was coal burnt to heat water which released large amounts of carbon particles into the atmosphere. Other toxic fumes were released as a by-product of factories. Smog which was visible as a thick blanket over the cities caused deaths in thousands due to respiratory diseases. It was recorded that in 1873, 700 people died in one day due to the heavy smog that blanketed the city. Factory work during the Industrial Revolution was a hazardous occupation. Workers often had to reach over operating machinery as they did their job. Children had to crawl under the machines to retrieve loose bits of cotton

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