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'Factories in the 19th century were terrible.' Do you agree?

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Introduction

'Factories in the 19th century were terrible.' Do you agree? There are many reasons why the factories in the nineteenth century were excellent in some ways and awful in others. I am going to show that factories back then were not as terrible as some people thought. A reason why people thought factories were bad was because the workers had to work long hours. They started working when the sun was up until sun down. Some workers never even got a break as this wasted time and that meant less work was done. But this was not always the case. Some factory owners treated their workers well (for example Titus Salt) because you would want to work harder for someone who treated you well apposed to someone who treated you badly and wouldn't let you have a break. Another example of someone who treated lower class people well was Robert Owen. He believed that 'people were a product of their environment.' ...read more.

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People could not see what happened behind closed doors. Because of people complaining about factories children got an education, children that were poor got a chance to work their way up and were not stuck at the bottom like in the past. This meant more adults (mainly men) had to be employed. Also because of laws people could not work the full day and had to take shifts. As you can see on the table the number of workers rapidly increased. Factory work was boring because of how easy it was, all they had to do was pull levers and press buttons. The work was basically repetitive. Workers came home feeling they had not accomplished anything. Also because anybody could do it they did not have job security. Anybody could replace them. This made factory work risky because you could have a job one day and lose everything the next. Wages were very low during the factory industry but the pay was regular. ...read more.

Conclusion

It was a constant reminder. The factory industry ensured regular pay and when you finished work it was over, you were not continuously reminded by it. A century is also a long time. There were many changes from when factories first came out to when they were properly developed. As time went by there were higher wages, more laws (about child labour, education and safety). And things were cheaper because of the large amount of products produced. Another thing to think about is the impact on most people. Some people did lose their jobs but a lot of people, regardless of how talented they were got a job. In my opinion factories in the nineteenth century were terrible but only in a few ways, which did get better later on. The long term effects were brilliant for factories. Nothing is perfect to start off with but if you work at it, it could be improved. ...read more.

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