The Industrial Revolution

943 Words Jan 29th, 2018 4 Pages
This transition from an agrarian society meant that many people moved to cities in search of jobs. New methods of manufacturing allowed goods to be produced far more cheaply and quickly than before. However, the Revolution came with its own negative consequences. The lives of children during the Industrial Revolution were torturous and many injustices resulted. Children were used to serve the demands of the growing society but their needs were disregarded. Despite some reforms during the 1800s, the atrocious working and living conditions in towns ensured that children were definitely victims not beneficiaries of the Industrial Revolution.
Children suffered enormously as a result of the poor working life of in the Industrial Revolution. By 1788, over two-thirds of workers in textile factories were children. Some factories employed children as young as the age of five or six. Other factories forced children to work as long as 16 hours a day. Children worked in gas works, nail factories, construction sites, shipyards and as chimney sweeps. The use of child labour in factories raised many social problems. Families, trapped by poverty, were forced to send their children to work in poor conditions for equally poor pay. Most children worked in cotton mills. Although children were accommodated, fed and dressed,…