The Textile Industry In The 1600's

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The textile industry became one of the largest to spring up in the 1600s. Even though it was successful, the working class families suffered because of the poor working conditions they faced. The reason being is that they had children as old as 10 years old work side by side. Not only are the machines a safety hazard for adults, but for the children as well. It is even stated in an interview with Dr. Ward, that the health of the children in the cotton factory are much worse than those in any other types of employment.(House of Lords Committee 1819) The machines posed a serious hazard where children’s limbs would get caught. Dr. Ward also explained instances where he saw at least half of the kids working come into his office because of some

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