Rapid Industrial Development Is a Curse By Alex Stephan, 7th hour

Factories in the 18th century are very different from factories today. American had a time called the industrial revolution it went from 18th century to 19th century. The industrial revolution was the start of factories in America and manufacturing products. This revolution was caused by machines like the Cotten gin which could take the seeds out of cotton 50 times faster then by hand. Rapid industrial development is a curse because of child labor, harsh working conditions, slavery.

Child labor

Rapid industrial development is a curse because of child labor. Child labor was a horrible thing because most kids would be working in a factorie with unhealthy working conditions. Putting kids to works didn't really help America It just set us back on another problem to solve. Most kids are put to work to help out their family with money from working in a factory some were even put to work in the mines. Most children would work 16 long hours. Children as young as 4 would work in these factories.

Working conditions

Rapid industrial development is a curse because of harsh working conditions. Factories in the 18th century had very harsh working conditions because they did have background checks and the factory owner wanted income. Some of these harsh working conditions our that it would be very cold in the winter and hot in the summer in these factories they would also have long working hours. People who would work in these conditions would get sick often. Women would also face discrimination in these factories. These working conditions really pushed back the American factories because later on they would have to redo what they did but better working conditions. People who worked in factories were also exposed to harsh chemicals that they worked with.


Rapid industrial development is a curse because it increased slavery. Having rapid industrial development increased Slavery because factories grew and factories were becoming more common and they need people to work at these factories so people would buy slaves and put them to work. Slavery increased in the south in 1860 becuse cotton production factories became more popular and the cotton gin came out which was one of the first machines. Slaves to would have to work long hours and skilled slaves would make more money and work skilled jobs. Major cities like New York had 33,000 residents and most worked at factories. Even immigrants who immigrated to America worked in factories.

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