Essay on The Industrial Revolution:Lesson Learned?

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History is taught so that we can learn from the mistakes of the past and prevent them from happening again. The Industrial Revolution was a horrid period of time for people of the working class. The Industrial Revolution brought pain, suffering, and deaths to huge amounts of people, and yet, the economists off today have not learned the lesson. Sweatshops are the modern day versions of factories during the Industrial Revolution. Sweatshops and factories of the Industrial Revolution share many similarities in both the way they run and the owners who run them. Both facilities enforce poor working conditions and unfair pay, employ children that are far too young to endure the pace of work employers expect, and the factories belong to…show more content…
The workers of Chun Si locked in the factory to work all day, except for a 60 minute break for meals. The workers get paid $22 a month, while paying $1 fines for any infractions in addition to the $15 a month for room and board in a crowded dorm. It is estimated that 250 million children from 5-14 work in sweatshops third world countries. Children that end up in sweatshops have either been sold, abducted, or sent by their families because of low income. They spend all hours of the day working, preventing them from receiving an education or having time for any normal childhood activities. Children in sweatshops are beaten and abused and at the end of the day they were paid tremendously low wages. When compared to the conditions of the Industrial Revolution, it is easily seen that the Industrial Revolution shares many commonalities with sweatshops. Child labor during the Industrial Revolution was encouraged because they were the cheapest to employ. Children would work 14-16 hours a day in dark rooms of hazardous mills and unpredictable mines. Children factory workers were denied any education because it would've taken time out of the day and if any children were negligent with their work they would be beaten. The most anger inducing part of both the Industrial Revolution and modern day sweatshops are the economists' need to justify their actions with distorted beliefs that are only used to maintain their dignity and maintain profits. During the
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