In the late 1800s a huge event called the industrial revolution took place. A man named Samuel Slater brought the first factory blueprint to the US. This major change in life for many people was good and bad. But was it really good or really bad overall? Was it a blessing or a curse? The industrial revolution was a curse because child labor grew, the terrible working conditions harmed many people, and immigrants were discriminated againsed in the workplace.
One of the worst effects of the Industrial Revolution was child labor. Children often had to work to help support them and their families. This was an awful problem. Children who worked in factories were there all day due to the long hours, therefore for they couldn't go to school and get an education. They were payed very little and could for the most part, barely support there family. So when they got older they didn't make enough money and couldn't get a good job because they had no education. This lead to the repeat of the cycle, their children would have to work in facories to make money because their parents dont make enough money to support the family. So kids often had to do the grueling tasks that adults often had to do in other cases.
Another thing that made the Industrial Revolution a curse was the awful working conditions. As stated earlier workers, even children, worked very long hours with no breaks. The worked 8 to 12 hour workdays sometimes. On average it was an 11.4 hours a day. This led to lots of tired workers that led to more and more on he job accidents. Most factories had big machines that could easily injure workers. The factories were extremely hot in the summer and often freezing in the winter. At the time workers had little to no rights and the bosses could do what ever they felt like to their workers, regardless of if it hurt them.
One last thing that caused the Industrial Revolution to be a curse was Immigrant discrimination. Immigrant were low payed and discriminated agained in the workplace . Many Irish people left Ireland in the 1800s due to the huge potato famine acrossed the country. So a large portion of the workers in factory's were Irish or of other nationalities. Also many people just hated Immigrants in general. Immigrants worked in factory's because they didn't have enough money to do anything else. They then got trapped in the cycle of poverrty. Forcing their children into factory's which also shows child labor. " Payed meager wages in factories" says an auto biography by Sadie Frowne. Immigrants were frowned apon by many people.
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