Curse or Blessing? By: Hannah Davis Hour:4

Is rapid industrial development a curse or blessing? Children, women, and men work daily to earn money. They are working 24/7 nonstop rarely getting sleep. A curse is a solemn utterance to invoke a supernatural power, to inflict harm or punishment on someone or something. While a blessing is in God's favor and protection. These conditions are definitely a curse rather than a blessing. Industries started by the cotton boom, and then people recognized that they needed big factories to continue producing cotton. Once large cotton Industries began to grow, the cotton gin was created to create pure cotton quicker. This is where the creation of Industries worldwide began.

Reason #1- Child Labor

Child Labor is a horrific thing in all cases. Young children working in harsh conditions, maybe trying to earn money to support their family. Plus, children have to work as much and as hard as a 25 year old female or male would work. 73 million of these children are under the age of ten years old. With this being said, child labor is one of the biggest road blocks of human rights worldwide. The Industrial Revolution was the biggest time for child labor in history.

Reason #2- Increase in labor and slaves

Cotton became more popular by the second. Once discovered to be a small crop growing to be one of the most popular at the time. Who was going to separate the seeds, or maybe run the cotton gin? As cotton production increased, so did the slaves. More slaves were getting sold, which equals more cotton production. Farmers with the most slaves we procieved as "rich" people. The cotton gin was a big jump in machinery but still needed slaves to operate it. Which caused the slave population to have a rapid increase in the south.

Reason #3- Harsh working conditions

In most factories conditions for the workers were horrific. This picture doesn't show a very bad environment but, the workers weren't treated well. For example, in a factory people would eat sausage. This sausage was made up of old meat, trash, or even dead rats. Plus, people got very little pay. Why people would continue to work in these conditions is beyond me. The workers administrator probably would be watching over as they worked, correcting things that they do incorrectly and telling them to speed up the process. With my experience in my classroom, we did a simulation of a factory, it was very loud, very little light, bosses watching over the workers. It was all very stressful for me and my classmates, I can't even imagine what it was like long ago. Also, the machinery is very large ,overwhelming, and requires some strength. It was possible that children would struggle operating the machines. Which would cause even more problems throughout industries.

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