Rapid Industrialization Blessing or Curse Olivia Hollan Hr. 2

Rapid industrialization is such a huge part of history. It had many good things but the same amount of bad things too. It shaped many things that are today. Without it we wouldn't be where we are today. It all started when Samuel Slater came to the US from Great Britain with blueprints of factories. Rapid Industrialization was a curse because it had child labor, poor working conditions, and slavery increased.

Child Labor

Child labor was a cruel thing. They would put kids into small places what adults can't get into, that could be dangerous. They would also give them hard jobs, little children could even be working at age 4. Many family's did this because they were in poverty. In some cases family's would get a thing called debt bondage if they will give a child to work of the debt. Children would make up about one forth of the people I working in cotton mills. Some children were sent to the mines because they had good eyesight and they had small hands. They would work up to 16 hours a day. This would mean kids didn't get an education because they were working and didn't have the time to learn.

Factory conditions

Another reason the industrial revolution was a curse because factories had bad working conditions. These factories started to pop up all over. This would mean more jobs for people, the only problem was that the conditions of the factories were awful. First they would have to work long hours 6 days a week, and they wouldn't be payed well. Many people would become de formed from dangerous jobs or crippled from machines. There are things that would happen that are just so disgusting that it is unbelievable.

Increased Slavery

After a while in the south slavery slowly was starting to decrease, but when the Cotten Gin was created slavery boomed. Owners of slaves would usually treat their slaves badly. Children would be separated from their parents. They wouldn't be fed. They had to work when they were sick or pregnant. It was a cruel thing and it only happened because cotton became easier to work with and they could plant more. Yes it did help the economy it didn't help the slaves.

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