Was the Industrial Revolution a Curse?
The first industrial revolution all started with a man named Sam Slater who brought over the designs to build factories from Europe (by memorizing blueprints) and built the first factories in America. The factory owners were very cheap and had only one primary concern, money. Which leads to why the industrial revolution was a curse. It is true that it bosted the economy, it created job opportunities, and it even helped spawn new technologies. This came at a price though because the owners were cheap and promoted poverty amoung workers and a less educated tomorrow by hiring children. The Industrial revolution was a curse because it increased slavery, it promoted child labor, and the factory conditions for the workers were fatal to health.
The industrial revolution was a curse because it promoted slavery. The cotton gin was an invention created by Eli Whitney in this industrial period. This invention allowed cotton to be separated 50 times faster than before. This made farmers want more slaves. (Which also dried out the soil by planting crops over and over again, another negative.) "supply of cotton was increased by American Eli Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin." - See W. Trattner. Which ultimately increased slavery due to the demand of cotton all of the world.
Also, the industrial revolution was a curse because of child labor. Children often had to go to work to help the family income. The factories hired these children and they were put to work that you and I couldn't even do. These children were often verbally abused by greedy factory owners, and because of the factory conditions they were not in a healthy environment. Not only were they going through the conditions above, the factories also had long hours which kept them out of school. It was a continuous cycle of poverty for those families because kids couldn't get an education. "In the Eastern and Midwestern United States, child labor became a recognized problem and child labor laws were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court"- See W. Trattner.
In addition, the industrial revolution is a curse because of the profane factory conditions and the effect it had on workers. These factory conditions were often harmful for the workers health and bad for the users health. For example, in the meat factories chemicals were everywhere that were dangerous for the maker and the consumer. As stated by Labor and Industrial law in an article about the Industrial era "workers who are exposed to radioactive materials, poisons, lead, asbestos, and chemicals with potentially harmful effects." And they refer to the employer/ employee relationship to be like "master-servant".
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