Industrial Revolution: Did the Working Class Reproduce Irresponsibly?

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Alexandra Vu
World History Honors 10
Period 5

Question: Did the working class reproduce irresponsibly?
Side: YES!
• More mouths to feed
• less food for others
• work to take care of the kids
• less space to live
• Kids killed in jobs
• Less jobs for adults.
• No schooling for kids who work.
• Less likely to be more mannerly (it is hard for them to spend time with their parents as there are so many kids.) • They don’t earn more than the expenses
• Even if they take good care of just 2 kids, they will "continue" the family. • Children may be needed to do "little jobs” that may not be possible for adults to do, but many kids may be killed by machines in this process.

Research from Works Cited (Majewski):
• “The wages were merely ‘bribes’ to workers forced to endure polluted and unsanitary urban conditions.” • “was simply a means of luring workers to the horrid working condition of the cities” • “did not constitute and net gain of wealth”

• “the ‘opportunity cost’ of pollution and various other urban discomforts did not outweigh the gains in real wages.” • “children were forced to endure long hours of work in unhealthy conditions”

Research from Works Cited (“Childhood”):
• “required long hours and offered little pay”
• “Young children working endured some of the harshest conditions.” • “Workdays would often be 10 to 14 hours with minimal breaks during the shift” • “Beyond the topic of safety, children working lengthy hours had limited access to education”

Research from “Child Labour”:
• “One solution to the problem was to buy children from orphanages and workhouses” • “Pauper apprentices were cheaper to house than adult workers” • “At first the children came from local parishes such as Wilmslow and Macclesfield, but later he went as far as Liverpool and London to find these young workers” • “These children were...
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