Blessing or a Curse? Tyler Hunt, Hour: 7

Background information

The rapid industrial movement started because of a man named Samuel Slater. He was an English immigrant who came to America to show us machinery. He was a skilled mechanic and at that time skilled mechanics were unable to to emigrate. Machines were then built to do the work of hand tools way faster. As new machines were invented every year, more and more people wanted these machines to help their business be better.

The rapid industrial development was a curse because it increased slavery, poor working conditions, and child labor.

Increase in Slavery

A reason that rapid industrial development was a curse is that it increased slavery. It is a curse because in the late 1700s slavery started to go away because of cotton. At first slaves would have to hand pick cotton seeds out of the cotton. Which takes a lot a time so the plantation owners weren't making a lot of profit. Then a man by the name of Eli Whitney came in and ruined the decline of slavery. He invented a machine called the cotton gin. With this machine slaves could get the seeds out of cotton 50 times faster. Because of this plantation owners started purchasing more and more slaves to work the fields. More slaves means more cotton and more cotton means more money.

Poor Conditions

Another reason that rapid industrial movement was a curse was the poor working conditions in the factories. With people working on factories day and night a lot of germs went around. In factories there was germs every where and people getting sick. In these favotries there was also rats, people would find rat poop in the factory. Some of these factories also did not have light. So people would have to work in the darkness. On top of the darkness bosses and co-workers are yelling at you for going to slow or you are to sloppy. Also in the triangle shirtwaist factory fire 146 workers were killed. Also you would work all day and not only that they didn't have breaks. The fire was believed to be started by a cigarette that was thrown into a bin of clothes and caught fire. This is an example of how bad the conditions can get too.

Child labor

The final reason that rapid industrial development was a curse is child labor. All of the factories means the factory owners needed more people to work, so some went to kids. Child labor is the employment of kids below a specified legal age. Children working in factories interfered with their education. Some of the kids working in factories did not know how to read or write. Also even though the factory owners knew of all the dangerous working conditions they would still put kids through them. In its worst form, child labor is said to resemble slavery. So kids are forced by there parents to work, because they need extra income.

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