How did the Industrial Revolution impact and/or alter the lives of the working class?

How did the Industrial Revolution impact and/or alter the lives of the working class? Were the changes negative or positive for the working class?

3 Responses to “How did the Industrial Revolution impact and/or alter the lives of the working class?”

  1. historybuff  on June 12th, 2013

    At least in the early years the effects were negative for the working class – long working hours, dangerous working conditions (unguarded machinery), smoke-filled air (from factory chimneys), child labor, etc.

    Later, the working conditions improved somewhat after the passage of laws in Britain and elsewhere mandating safety in factories, shorter working hours for children, etc.

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  2. myspaceemailaf  on June 12th, 2013

    Well, as it works today with jobs being overtaken by younger generations with computers (ex. banking,grocery) the older citizens had a hard time finding work sometimes due to machinery and technology discovered in that time, on the other hand it opened many jobs for younger people with more insight on these machines.

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  3. todd c  on June 12th, 2013

    up until the industrial revolution, the working class consisted mainly of agricultural workers and small cottage industry, with the advent of large scale production many of these people moved into urban areas to search for what they thought would be a better life. although an agricultural based economy was still in existence it brought about an end to most cottage industry and pulled many people away from self sufficient farming and into cities where food and other perishables had to be bought, in a sense making the money that they made in factories worth less than it was when they only had to purchase manufactured goods

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