Rapid Industrialization in the U.S. took off around 1820 during the potato famine in Ireland. Many immigrants were now moving to the United States and many things took off. Many people debate whether Rapid Industrialization was a blessing or a curse. Rapid Industrialization was a curse because of child labor, women were discriminated, and working conditions were horrible.
Child labor during the mid 1800's
Child labor was a bad thing. Many children had this terrible task of working in factories to help their family make enough money to stay in the United States. In the article "Rapid Industrialization" it states "Great numbers of children were worked from 12 to 14 hours a day under terrible conditions. Many were apprenticed to the factory owners and housed in miserable dormitories. Ill-fed and ill-clothed, they were sometimes driven under the lash of an overseer." This is bad for the U.S. because these children basically risked their lives every day for almost no pay.
Discrimination of Women
Also, discrimination of women was also a curse in the 1820's. Women that came over from Ireland and Germany had worse rights than women from the United States. These women were so discriminated, that one time in a New York Factory, there was a fire and the women were trapped and couldn't get out. Many innocent women died that day. In an article about the "Triangle Shirtwaist Factory" it states "On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burned, killing 145 workers. Most of the victims were women and died as a result of neglected safety features and locked doors within the factory building." This just proves that discrimination against women in the workplace was a problem during the Industrial Revolution.
The conditions in this 1820 factory were unbearable
Lastly, working conditions in the workplace were terrible. Some factory workers even died from these working conditions such as disease, poisons, and extreme heat. Most workers made $8-10 a week or 10 cents an hour. The article "Labor and Industrial Law" states "This vital area of labor law is one of the most recent to develop. It began with prescribing elementary safety rules for work in mines and for other extremely hazardous jobs. It has since spread to cover a great range of industrial processes and other occupations. Workers are exposed to radioactive materials, poisons, lead, asbestos, and chemicals with potentially harmful effects." This was a real problem back in the 1800's because if you had family members that worked at a factory, you may not see them later because of these harsh working conditions.
* "Triangle Shirtwaist Factory." A+E Networks, History.com, 2009. http://www.history.com/topics/triangle-shirtwaist-fire ,
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