Benefits and Challenges of the Industrial Revolution Industrialization in Europe during the 1800’s brought numerous benefits and challenges to city life for laborers. Massive population overhauls caused Britain to adapt and make the most out of the people for the economy. However, not all of Britain was able to adapt, and poor conditions challenged many workers to the brink of death.
European workers of the nineteenth experienced many benefits. Most of the benefits however were experience in the later half of the nineteenth century. Before the the industrial revolution, a very large majority of the population worked in agriculture. During the industrial revolution, the work force shifted the fields to …show more content…
The first challenge of the city workers felt were the horrible living conditions for workers who couldn’t afford to buy proper housing. Population increased from the agricultural revolution and the the flocking of workers to big cities. The population grew much faster than the cities can accommodate for them. Many issues came from this. No sanitary codes were in place so sewage and garbage spread many diseases. Cholera, a waterborne disease was common in London’s water and caused the deaths of hundreds. Housing codes were in non effect and could not keep pace with the population increase. Many people lived in dark shelters with “whole families crowding into whole bedrooms”. The average lifespan a study showed for the working-class was seventeen years. Another challenge that workers faced was the environmental pollution that also affected living conditions. Water was filled with toxins created from textile plants. Some rivers were undrinkable which also caused more issues finding water for everybody. Most of the large cities in Britain was covered in a dark dust that came from coal plants. This made everything feel dirty and filthy. The most controversial challenge workers faced were the horrible conditions that present for children and women. Many children were forced to work for low wages in factories in dark, damp, and dust-filled factories and coal mines. The lifespan for the average miner was ten years shorter than other workers. Children worked longed hour and grueling hours and received little to no food. Many were beat under supervision. Workers of all ages faced many challenges while working and living in the unhealthy conditions of