Social Classes During The Industrial Revolution

1165 WordsMar 12, 20175 Pages
Social classes During the time frame of the Industrial Revolution there were 3 main social classes: The upper class, the middle class, and the lower class or the working class. The upper class were the rich and with the advancement of new technology, became richer. Goods could be created and sold for a cheaper price in their factories. With the working class looking for work, were employed by the factory owners. The advantaged social class that had enjoyed wealth and success, had now achieved a new level of luxury. The middle class saw benefits from the new era and seized the opportunity. The middle class allowed the working class to lift them into the upper class by creating many jobs in their factories and businesses. The middle class…show more content…
They constructed mansions and libraries and museums and collected fine art with their newfound wealth. They extended their range of fine silk clothes and comfortable furniture and ran factories with cheap labour from the working class. The middle class probably had the biggest positive impact. Due to their small factories or businesses success, the middle class benefited and they made their way to the upper class. As this happened the middle class took advantage of newly affordable items such as furniture and clothing allowing themselves a more comfortable life. Negative effects The Working class that made up around 80% of society had little or no bargaining power with their employers resulting in the continuation of unfair working hours, bad wages, and unsanitary and hazardous working conditions. The workers could not even fight for their rights in the political system as only the rich were eligible to vote. “There is barely sufficient work for the regular employment of half of our labourers, so that only 1,500,000 are fully and constantly employed, while 1,500,000 more are employed only half their time, and the remaining 1,500,000 wholly unemployed” (Thompson cited in 250) As concerns about the welfare of children rose in the mid-1800s, Parliament (the English government legislature) held investigations to find out the conditions of children workers. Below is an interview between a parliamentary investigator
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