“the Horrifying Effects of Child Labor During the Industrial Revolution Era”

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The world has had many great accomplishments but what people often fail to think about are the consequences of these great accomplishments. When the Industrial Revolution came to Britain, there was a high demand for labor to work in the various mills and mines because of the demand for production. Chimneysweepers also became common during this time. Because of this, families fled from their rural farms to industrialized cities in search of work. Children were often the workers of choice because they were easily controlled, they were small and able to get into smaller places and because they were easily forced to work long and grueling hours. The Industrial Revolution was responsible for advancements in technology because production…show more content…
The wrists became so swollen and appeared to be skeletons. Surgery was very common and would often result in amputation up to the elbow. Poetry during the Industrial Revolution often was brutally honest because many of the poets personally experienced the callousness of child labor. The Golf Links is a poem written by Sarah N. Cleghorn in 1917. The golf links lie so near the mill That almost every day The laboring children can look out And see the men at play. The poem has a sad ring to it but also tends to be ironic because the working children are watching the adult men play golf. The wording was chosen carefully to add more pronunciation that is more dramatic and emphasize the long, hard and tedious work these children were required to do. This behavior is reversed from the norm because usually it would be the children playing while the men were hard at work. The food these children ate also affected their health. The owners of the factories were responsible for providing their food, however they would not allow them to take a break to eat. They were expected to work and eat at the same time. “We had to eat our food in the mill. It was frequently covered by flues from the wool; and in that case they had to be blown off with the mouth, and picked off with the fingers, before it could be eaten” (Crabtree). They were usually fed oatcakes and soup and would have to try to pick the dust off
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