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Was the Industrial Revolution a good thing or a bad thing for the people of Britain?

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Was the Industrial Revolution a good thing or a bad thing for the people of Britain? The issue I am going to discuss is whether the industrial revolution was a good thing or a bad thing. This question is important because it brings across many arguments as there isn't a straight yes or no answer to it. The reasons for this is because historians say that there are good things and bad things on the industrial revolution, as the many good things which happened were the improvements from the bad aspects which came first. As the two different aspects are equally balanced out. My first point I want to make is the fact that many children are being forced to go out and work in factories so that they can earn money for there family in order so that they can live, which in other words is said to be child labour. ...read more.

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Even children as young as five worked in factories. There was no education for the poor, so it was very unlikely they could get better paid jobs when they were older. Children were paid very little because they were younger. Most children had no choice but to go out and work because they needed to work to help there families earn money to live. This is evidence which supports this which shows statistics on the factories. Also these are some statistics showing the age ranges of children working in the factories also the different types of factories they had to work in. This helps me answer my question because it shows me one reason why the industrial revolution was so bad. It also gives you a bigger idea of the kinds of things which were going on during that era. ...read more.

Conclusion

A few years later people started recovering from the bad living ways and began to take more care in what they do which helped to raise the population so building more houses in a spaced out area to stop places from crowding. Also so that the poor could also have decent homing instead of having to live on the streets. Evidence which supports this is that the population of England had more than doubled from 8.3 million in 1801 to 16.8 million in 1851 and, by 1901, had nearly doubled again to 30.5 million. As living conditions and health care improved during the 19th century, Britain's population doubled every 50 years. This helps you to answer the question in the title because it tells you that Britain has improved by adapting and improving people's bad living ways so that towns are cleaner and safer to live in. Also so that there is less chance of getting ill. As well as being able to live longer and increase the population. ...read more.

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