Curses from the Industrial Revolution Ashlyn ernst 4th hour

Background information

The Industrial Revolution was a period of major industrialization that took place during the late 1700s and early 1800s. Many outcomes of the industrial revolution were good, but some were bad. The economy was boosted, population increased, and there were more job opportunities, all because of the cotton gin. There was also discrimination and sectionalism. The Industrial Revolution was a curse because of child labor, bad working conditions, such as disease and dangerous jobs, and slavery increased, also because of the cotton gin.

Child labor

Child Labor

Child labor is a curse, children need an education to get jobs when they are older, not when they are kids. Using kids to work that interferes with their educations is a bad problem. Kids aren't as strong, or knowledged as adults are, they can get hurt more easy. Kids now days like to spend summer hanging out with friends and having fun, and teenagers try to get jobs. Kids should have been able to hang out with friends, finish school, then help out in the factory. Kids worked in the factory working with the cotton gin or other big machines, which is dangerous.

Working conditions


In addition to child labor, disease and other bad working conditions was another curse of the Industrial Revolution. Loud noises, hot temperatures and disease were some of the main bad working conditions. In 1911, there was a fire at a factory, it was called the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, 146 people were killed. Mostly women and children were killed, but some were men. The factories were often very loud and had hot temperatures. Disease from the factories were common, tuberculosis was the most common disease.


Slave Oction

Lastly, slavery increased because of the cotton gin, which was good for slave owners but bad for slaves. After the cotton gin was invented, more slaves could prouduce cotton. The demand for slaves went up, since they were more valuable. Now slaves could do a days work in an hour. Slaves that tried to escape were caught and punished, they were beaten and were given less food and more work.

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