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Was 1750-1900 an era of progress?

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During the times 1750-1900, Britain started to use more modern machinery in production methods, this meant that Britain was becoming industrialised. So we call this the industrial revolution, but how much progress was achieved? And what does progress mean? Progress means to move forward or onward, to develop or make something better and to achieve perfection. So how much progress was really made during the 1750 to 1900's. First, the changes in the farming had a large amount of progress in 1750 large amounts of land was farmed by hand therefore a lot workers were needed and it took a lot of time. But during the industrial revolution many different types of new machinery were used and this helped make the workers jobs quicker and more efficient. But as there were new machines this meant that there were fewer jobs for the workers as the machines could do a better job and also meant that the farmer had fewer wage to pay. The second example of change that happened in the farming industry was the way they farmed. During the industrial revolution many people was lived or worked in the country side used the open -field system, however this had many disadvantages including: spread of disease, Another example of the changes in agriculture was the systems of farming. ...read more.

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The poorer farmers had no other option than to give up their land and move to the city where there were more job opportunities because of the factories being built. However, the farm workers were also unhappy, as the new machines had taken their jobs or made they wages drop dramatically. These events contributed to another topic that represents the era not being totally full of progress. The Luddites were the unhappy workers that had lost their jobs or their wages had been reduced because machines were being introduced. The Luddites showed their hatred for the machines by taking very dramatic actions. The actions started in Nottinghamshire in 1811 and quickly spread throughout the country. But what actions do we speak of? The Luddites went around the factories breaking machines so they could no longer be used until they were repaired. This would mean the Luddites would have to be re-employed or their wages increased. This shows us that it wasn't all progress being made from 1750-1900. Despite this, there are other areas of progress that you could say have been made during this time period. For example factories were developed. These were progress as more products could be made and traded with different countries. This meant that England would be making a lot of money from trading and also receiving products they could not get in their own country. ...read more.

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There were demonstrations such as The National Union of Women's Suffrage attempted to win the right to vote by signing petitions and wrote letters to the government and parliament. These were suffragists. Also, the Women's Social and Political Unions attempted to win the right to vote. They did this in a very different way to the Suffragists. They were a lot more violent and they staged their demonstrations, threw themselves under moving horses and they staged hunger strikes. Lastly, it was during this time period that Britain gained a vast population. This shows us signs of progress for Britain as more babies were surviving birth and more people were being cured from illnesses rather than dying. However, it also shows signs of a lack of progress as Britain became very polluted and dirty because of all these people. Also, more food was needed so there was a strain on the farmers in the countryside and there were not many of them as most people worked in factories by 1900. Overall, I think that Britain made a lot of progress during this time period. I think the people living in 1900 had a much better quality of life than the people in 1750 as so many amazing inventions had been invented, this helped Britain develop further, making it an industrialised country. However, the people in 1900 still had work to do and they did work for better things to make our lives today as simple and enjoyable as possible. ...read more.

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