The Industrial Revolution

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The Industrial Revolution

Urban industrialized areas were unable to keep up to pace with the flood of arriving workers from the countryside, resulting in insufficient, congested housing and contaminated, unsanitary living conditions in which disease spread rapidly. Poorhouses were created to be an intentionally unforgiving place to discourage people from staying. Families were separated upon arriving the grounds. They were confined every day as prisoners in a penitentiary and they worked every day.In the first sixty years or so of the Industrial Revolution, working-class individuals had little time or chance for recreation. Employees spent all of their day at work and arrived home with no energy, space, or light to play sports or games. The new industrial pace and factory system were working against the old traditional ways and festivals. The local governments actively wanted to ban traditional festivals in the towns. Owners would fine their workers who left early to return to their villages for festivals because they interfered with the effective flow of work at the factories. The Industrial Revolution entirely changed the role of the family. In traditional, agricultural society, families worked together as a part of production, looking after the fields, knitting sweaters, or nurturing the fire.The same specialization of labor that happened in factories occurred in the lives of working-class families, and this broke up the family economy. Work and home life became suddenly estranged. Men made money for their families. Women would take care of the home as watched their economic role decline.

Before the Industrial Revolution most people lived in small rural communities and their lives revolved around farming. Life was difficult, as income was low and disease and malnourishment were common. The Industrial Revolution which occurred during the 18th to 19th centuries, was a time during which rural societies In America and Europe became industrial and urban. Industrialization marked a shift to powered, special- purpose machinery, factories and mass production. While industrialization brought about an amplified volume of manufactured goods and an improved way of living for others, it sadly also caused forbidding employment and living environments for the poor and working classes. Wages for those who worked in factories were not high and unskilled workers had little job security and were effortlessly replaced. Children worked as well as part of the labor force and usually had long hours and were assigned to high hazard tasks.

The Industrial Revolution

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