The Importance of the Industrial Revolution

649 WordsFeb 18, 20183 Pages
The Industrial Revolution was a period of time consisting of great technological advancements that allowed for greater production of goods. Although some changes supported the increase of the quality of life, most changes affected the life of the lower class people. The Industrial Revolution had the greatest amount of social effects as opposed to economic and political effects because of the dramatic changes in working conditions, social classes, and living conditions. Working conditions was a big focus during the Industrial Revolution. Because of the invention of the steam engine, smoke was pouring out of factory buildings leading to massive amounts of pollution. Not only did factories affect the air, workers who continued to work in factories were subject to more dangerous surroundings. When Henry Ford invented the assembly line , he only thought of producing more goods. It never occurred to him that workers could be injured by getting hair, clothing, or maybe even hands caught in the machines. Workers who worked in coal mines had it the worst. "Frequent accidents, damp conditions, and the constant breathing of coal dust made the average miner's life span ten years shorter than that of other workers" . In addition, factory bosses were unrelenting in exercising discipline. Because factory owners wanted to increase production, they increased the amount of hours a worker had to work per day. Working conditions had a great impact on the Industrial Revolution. Social classes
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