Dbq Industrial Revolution

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Industrial Revolution (DBQ)

The Industrial Revolution had a positive and negative affect on the new world. Bringing many new inventions, factories, and transportation. The factories produced items faster and the new invention of ships and vehicles made trade move quicker and farther.

Was this all a positive affect on the world? Some would argue that it was not. In document 1 we see an excerpt from an interview with a man (Joseph Hebergam) that worked in one of the various factories. Joseph was diagnosed with an illness of the lungs and has extensive nerve damage to his legs. In the interview he states that he got this illness from all the dust and pollutions in the air from the factories, And would die with in a year.

Document 1 also provides information on the death rate of children in the factories. In a little over a year a dozen children were killed. But then in Document 2 we are told by Andrew Ure that the children are very happy in the factories, absolutely no child abuse, and as for exhaustion; none to be seen. Same for Document 5, the children are well fed and educated. These are two different points of view on the factories and their workers. Making it hard to know which one to listen to.

In Document 3 The author is encouraging factories and saying the Industrial Revolution is improving the communities and lives all around the world. Making homes, clothing, food, and many other equipment faster and safer. Travel also became cheaper and easier. Factories gave women and children places to work and receive pay. The women in the factories were well dressed and clean as said in document 6.

Slum: a thickly populated, run-down, squalid part of a city, inhabited by poor people. Document 7 states that “Every town has one or more slum areas where the workers struggle through life as best they can out of sight of the more fortunate classes of society” (The conditions of the Working Class in England) Around most factories in England and...
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