The Industrial Revolution was a time period that the working class really suffered in. Cities and jobs were packed and workers were being treated unfairly. Children were the most affected by this negative aspect of intense unfair labor. Although there was a good side to this time period, for the upper and middle class this period was a positive and a great advancement in transportation, machinery, medicine, and new inventions. The negatives in this situation for the working and poor class definitely outweigh the positives for those in the middle and upper class of the Industrial Revolution in England during this time.
The society of the upper and middle class was great during this time period and was a good advancement. Modern inventions were creating a big competition between the countries among England, the competition led to workers working harder to achieve goals. New inventions that are used today such as the telephone created by Alexander Graham Bell, the light bulb by Thomas Edison, and Wilhelm creating the x-ray. All new inventions like these also led to better and quicker factory efficiency so factories could produce quicker with their new power sources and engines like steam and coal. There weren’t all negatives to this Industrial Revolution time period as you can see. This time period for the working class was horrendous in ways that nobody can explain. Starting with children working hard enough to the point where if they even slowed down just a little, then they would be immediately beaten, they were not allowed to slow down at all during the entire 11 hour shifts some of the children worked. Here is a quote from a young female child named Elizabeth Bently, working in a factory being interviewed by a Parliamentary Investigator: P.I.: “What time did you begin to work at a factory?”
Bently: “When I was six years old.”
P.I.: “Have you ever been strapped?”
P.I.: “ More than once?”
The working conditions these...
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