Industrial Revolution Dbq

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During the late 1700s through the early 1800s, the Industrial Revolution took place. It was a new beginning, a transition to an era of new manufacturing processes. This all began in Britain and disseminated over time to the United States of America. Known as one of the most significant turning points in history, the Industrial Revolution modified a vast majority of aspects of daily life. Industrialization was a change from hand tools to a vicissitude to powered machinery, mass production, and factories. Many consider this time one of the greatest times of all because it advanced us in technology; however, many yet fail to see the faults and horrors of industrialization. The Industrial Revolution definitely did have a positive effect, increasing our comforts and such; however, there were many negative effects of the Industrial Revolution as well. To industrialize, workers were required. Some workers lived their life in servitude, with barely any time to sleep, barely any time to eat, and with absolutely terrible living conditions. Joseph Hebergam testified to the Sadler Committee that his lungs were damaged from the dust in the factories in which he worked, and that his leg muscles couldn’t support the weight of his bones because of “insufficient diet” (document 2). His brother died from infection after being cut by a factory machine. Hedergam testifies that a boy died at a mill being caught in a machine and his sister almost died attempting to save him (document 2). If the shaft was covered, this allegedly may never have happened to any of them. This is unacceptable, however, opinions of certain other people differ. Children are forced to work in these unethical work conditions not knowing the imminent danger they face every single day. They choose to approach their day happily and work carefree, only because they are children. In The Philosophy of Manufactures, Andrew Ure states exactly that it is better for the children to be laboring in the factory as opposed...