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Year 10 GCSE Coursework Essay - The Black Country

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GCSE Coursework Essay - The Black Country In these pages I will explain about the living and working conditions of the Black Country in the late 19th Century. I will also explain: - The mine - Housing - Employment - How disease struck the population. I have considered the sources I have found before writing this essay. During my trip at the Black Country Museum I have learned a lot of things. The employment, housing, the school and mine, the way of transport and the shops. There were many types of employment and the main one was the manual labour. One of these was working in the mine. A very dangerous job indeed but no-one was concerned because the employers need labour not scholarship and people needed money for food and in those days if you do not work, you don't eat. Disease was rife in the mine and the coal dust does not help either. Too much and you die from lung disease. People were also killed, though rarely, by pockets of gas igniting causing explosions. Other jobs like sweet makers, chain makers, domestic servants, and the list goes on, were needed but some education to be employed. ...read more.

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One of the sources I used in this essay was an extract from the Dudley Board of Health Report 1852. This source was very reliable, full of detail and easy to read. In the report it clearly states that the streets was very unsuitable to live but as housing was needed, so nobody cared. It says that, "streets were full of foul and disgusting things such as the remains of animals". Diseases were spreading at an incredible rate. The extract also reported about how working in places such as the mine and iron workshops affected people who worked their. Serious and fatal accident happened regularly because of hardly or no inspections of the workplaces. In the mine, the death toll rose from falling coal and stone. And in ironworks smelting accidents and sometimes explosions kill many. These smelting accidents are not always fatal but you can lose a limb from them. The conclusion of this report talks about the sewage and drainage systems are limited and defective construction causes major problems. Also the conclusion talks about the supply of water, about its improperness. The company that supplies the water withheld it from the poorer inhabitants. ...read more.

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I reckon it is untrustworthy but not entirely though. You can get some very useful information of a typical family in the Black Country in the 1891. I believe it is in between the Board of Health report and the Census. Not that the trip to the Black Country Museum was not helpful but I think that the museum could have been the size and likeliness as describe by the extracts form the Board of Health report and the Census. I have decided that the sources and the trip to the museum as a combination is the best method of learning about the urban living condition of late 19th century in the Black Country. The Board of Health report tells you about the living conditions of the housing and the streets, the census tells you about the status of families living in different areas of the industrial town of Dudley. And the museum give you the opportunity to see for yourself what life was like in those times. So as my summary of this essay I think that all the sources available to me and the trip to the Black Country Museum gives you a very good and proper idea of what was Dudley and Black Country like in the late 19th Century. ?? ?? ?? ?? Richard Gamble 10LH History ...read more.

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