The Industrial Revolution and Society

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Industrial Revolution While some might argue that Industrialization had primarily positive consequences for society because there were tons of jobs available, it was actually a negative thing for society. Industrialization’s negative effects were horrible working conditions, overpopulated cities, and factories where polluting the air. Even if there were a couple positive things that happened it was still a negative effect overall. People working during this time period had it rough. They had to work around 16 hours every day and they only had a 40 minute lunch around noon. This is way too long for anyone to work for with only one break. Parents could barely see their children during the day they were strangers to each other. “A stranger am I to my child; and he one to me.” (Document 2). The working mother couldn’t even begin to talk to her child because she was always working. She was up before dawn, and back around dark. She would be too tired to talk to him after that long day of work so she would have to go right to bed when she got home. Just the hours alone were horrible, that’s not even considering the working conditions they had to be in during that time. People would be running around all day on their feet trying to run all these machines. Standing up all day was a killer, and having to run machines and make them stop with your feet caused tons of injuries. The factories they worked in, also were not well lit with light so a lot of people couldn’t tell what they
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