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Children as young as six years old during the industrial revolution worked hard hours for little or no pay. Children were employed in factories for two reasons- Children meant cheaper labour, and families needed everyone bringing in money. B

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Topic 1- Life in the Factories Children as young as six years old during the industrial revolution worked hard hours for little or no pay. Children were employed in factories for two reasons- Children meant cheaper labour, and families needed everyone bringing in money. Below is a normal day at work: 6am- get up 7am- begin work at factory 9am- short break for breakfast 1pm- break for lunch until 2pm 8pm- finish work and go home This happened every day except Sunday. Their wages were 4 shillings a week, (20p now). This source is believable because it is about a day at the mill, by a person who was there. ...read more.

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And this was just after one day. He became deformed eventually, and left. This is what happened to most people in the mills and factories. Not only were these children made to work long hours, but also, they were in horrible conditions. Large, heavy, and dangerous equipment was very common for children to be using or working near. .Many accidents occurred, injuring or killing children on the job. On the left, is a pie chart of the statistics of the number of people working in factories, and at what age. There were 14% of people working in factories, under the age of 14. Over the age of 14, there were 86%. ...read more.

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Punishments such as this would often be dispensed under stringent rules. Boys were sometimes dragged naked from their beds and sent to the factories only holding their clothes, to be put on there. This was to make sure the boys would not be late, even by a few minutes. Punishments were imposed for things like talking or whistling, leaving the room without permission, or having a little dirt on a machine. Overall, life in the factories was a horrible, but common job, especially for the poorer people. It was particularly awful in the long, cold winter months. Many people were treated harshly, and worked very long hours, meaning that they had to get up early and go to bed very late. There were many rules, and punishments, and also a lot of accidents happened in the factories. ...read more.

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