Rapid industrial development By: hannah roGers hr2

Is Rapid Industrial Development a Blessing or a Curse?

Rapid industrial development did a lot for our country. It had held many blessings but also many curses. Looking back on the time period there were many illegal things happening, that would be considered wrong today. It also helped our economy and country move forward. We are here looking back to what we did right and wrong to better us for the future.

Rapid industrial development is a curse. There was poor working conditions. Lots of discrimination against women in the workplace. Slavery also increased. Even if this helped our country, I think that the bad out weigh the good. That is why I think rapid industrial development is a curse.

Poor Working Conditions

There were many mass produce factories during this time period. Many had very harmful working conditions. The workplace was unsanitary and unsafe. Many workers got diseases and some died from being exposed to such unsafe equipment. Not only was working in these factories bad for workers what they produced was usually harmful too. Many workers were not skilled enough to do their job. Workers also had to work many many hours a day with little pay and not many breaks. This is why poor working conditions were bad for many people.

Discrimination Against Women in the Workplace

Women had a harder time working than men. Factory owners treated them and Irish immigrants about the same. Women worked many hours a day for less pay than men. They weren't allowed jobs that were meant for men. Some women went on strikes in order to get proper wages. Women weren't respected in the workplace and were put into dangerous situations at work, just to make a living. This is why women's rights in the workplace was bad.

Slavery Increased

In the 1800's cotton boomed, because of this the demand for slaves increased. These slaves were used to produce more cotton mainly in the South. Slaves were not paid and worked everyday all day. Women and kids also worked. If a slave were to disobey they would be beaten. Owning slaves was very common for farmers. Owning slaves was definitely a curse.

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