The Impact Of The Industrial Revolution In Great Britain

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The Industrial Revolution produced many issues in the treatment of employees. Many workers did not receive fair wages and many children were forced to work in dangerous conditions for little to no pay. The songs the mistreated workers wrote acted as means for solidarity. They were methods of expressing their unfair conditions. For example, "Eight Hour Strike," (1872) by Billy Pastor, expresses the length of work days and how they seemed to drag. "The Worker's Anvil," by Laura M. Griffing, celebrated the cause of labor during the revolution.
In Great Britain, the first industrial-capitalist state, The Industrial Revolution was an important determining factor for the development of the working class in Great Britain. Working-class people experienced a growth in their confidence to complete work. This growth in confidence increased the need of the higher class overseeing people to organize the development of industry. The workers in factories had their own musical traditions by writing songs to familiar tunes with lyrics that apply their situations. Known today as, Industrial folk song, their music was written and sung by people in their place of employment, at their home, or in the pub where they converse with friends and colleagues. This genre was a large part of their popular culture. The songs written in the work place were derived from songs from rural areas of Britain. The people took these original versions of songs with them into their jobs in the developing cities of

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