The Consequences Of The English Industrial Revolution

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An Industrial Revolution is when a society goes from using tools or making products by hand, to using new sources of energy, such as coal, to power machines in factories. The consequences of the English Industrial Revolution greatly outweighed the benefits. Factories were dangerous and detrimental to the environment, workers were treated inhumanely, and living conditions were unbearable due to urbanization. Factories were unsafe for workers and led to high levels of pollution. They were filled with dust which led to health problems in workers, and “the coolest part of the ironworks was 130 degrees fahrenheit” (web.bcp.org). Workers were cut, bruised, and killed because of uncovered machine shafts. In Joseph Hebergram’s testimony to the Sadler Committee, he shares a memory from his time as a child worker: “Hebergam: ‘At the L____ Mill where I worked last, a boy was caught in a machine and had both his thigh bones broke and from his knee to his hip the flesh was ripped up the same as it had been cut by a knife. His hand was bruised, his eyes were nearly torn out and his arms were broken. His sister, who ran to pull him off, had both her arms broke and her head bruised. The boy died. I do not know if the girl is dead, but she was not expected to live’” (Document 2). The vast amount of coal that was burned to produce energy for the factories greatly increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, and the smoke from the coal turned entire cities and rivers black. Factories

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