Positives And Negatives Of The Industrial Revolution

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One might say that the Industrial Revolution made the world a more productive place. The rate of production of goods increased dramatically owing to the efficiency of factories and there was an increase of job opportunities, leading to a more prosperous economy. The mass production by factories led to products being more widely available to the general public. While these things may be true, there were negatives of the Industrial Revolution that greatly outweighed the positives. Factory conditions were extremely dangerous, children were brought into the workforce and made to work long hours at jobs that were unsafe, workers were grossly underpaid, and living conditions for factory workers were extremely subpar. Was the higher consistency and production rate really worth the harm? The Industrial Revolution ruined the lives of working class people by turning everyday life from happy and enjoyable to a living hell due to the underpayment of workers, use of child labor, poor living conditions, and mass produced products. During the Industrial Revolution in Europe, in countries such as Britain, Germany, and France, more and more people moved from the country where they had worked in agriculture, to the cities, where they worked in factories. The conditions in these factories were horrendous. Statistics reveal that the reason that there were so many injuries is that people worked in confined spaces, in unhealthy environments, were exposed to extreme temperatures of both heat and
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