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Do you agree with S.Davies' interpretation of the Greg's as employers? - source related study.

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History Coursework Mariya Iqbal Do you agree with S.Davies' interpretation? of the Greg's as employers? (Source G) The Greg's were outstanding examples of the best employers of (their) time. Source G I agree with S.Davies and I have sources, my knowledge about what happened in other mills and my observation at Quarry Bank Mill. All these things will help me show that the Greg's were good employers of their time. Source B, which was written in 1845 by Frederick Engles who is a campaigner, looking for shocking conditions to persuade others to support rights for workers. He has written that the mill was a superb building, had big lofty rooms, fine machinery and he mentions that the workers looked healthy. All these points above make the mill look and sound like a good place to work. Engles sees people around him look comfortable and wants to ask them challenging questions. He believed that factories and mills were places of misery and an appalling place to work and also believes that workers are like slaves. ...read more.

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Over a period of 22 years, there had only been 17 deaths and only one out of them was an accident not in the mill but at the water wheel. Mr Greg was present at the Shawcross interview, which may have put pressure on the superintendents. We don't know if they would have given the same answers if Mr Greg wasn't there because we have no evidence. This source is a good piece of evidence to support S.Davies. Source D is written by Pauline Greg who is a modern historian and not related to the Greg family. Her description is about the general conditions in mills and factories in the early 19th century. The source description does not fit in with Quarry Bank Mill. At the mill I saw an apprentice house not a shed. In source D it says that they had no supervision, but at Quarry Bank Mill there were superintendents who looked after them. The boys and girls had separate rooms. The apprentices got education, got to go to church, clothes, medicines and food including fruit and vegetables, which they grew. ...read more.

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The fact that Mr Greg bothered to write this record means that the punishment was rare. Esther Price and Lucy Garner came back to the mill because may be they thought conditions outside the mill were much worse than inside Source F was an account written by John Doherty, a campaigner to reduce number of hours children have to work in 1838. He describes that Esther Price was kept in solitary confinement for five days for running away to see her father in Liverpool. He doesn't like the Greg's because he was sent to jail for organising a strike against Samuel Greg's partner. He wants to persuade people that the number of hour's children work should be reduced. In order to do this he wants to shock people and reveal how bad things are in the mills. He then only reports on the incidents that shows mills to be bad places. Both sources E and F are biased I have shown sources, knowledge of other mills and my own observation at the mill to back up my agreement with S.Davies, that the Greg's were very good employers in the eighteenth and nineteenth century ...read more.

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