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How were the evils of the Industrial Revolution addressed in England? Evaluate the positive and negative effects of the industrial revolution?

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How were the evils of the Industrial Revolution addressed in England? Evaluate the positive and negative effects of the industrial revolution? The Industrial Revolution was a stage in history, which lasted from 1800-1850. During this era, mass production flourished and capitalists began to gain power. This altered the agricultural and political landscape and brought about both many advantages and some important disadvantages to the public of England. However, the key factor to acknowledge is how the evils of the Industrial Revolution were addressed. To begin with, capitalists had deprived workers from expressing their views. As stated from an excerpt found in the Combination Act in 1800 (Document 1), "every workman...who shall...enter into any combination (union) to obtain an advance in wages or lessen or alter the hours...any workman...to quit or leave his work shall be committed to...jail..." This quote exhibits that the formation of unions amongst workers, were undermined. In addition, many children were obliged to work in factories for copious amounts of time in a day. ...read more.


The Industrial Revolution had resulted with many disadvantages, but have been addressed in the right manner and time to support the upcoming eras. The Industrial Revolution was a period in history, which lasted from 1800-1850, whereby drastic changes in agriculture and factories took place. Industries found methods to ameliorate their production; hence, factories had gained more importance. This revolution was associated with major changes in agriculture, transportation and production. It demonstrated an important alteration, which strengthened countries economically and politically. To this day, historians debate whether this revolution had only had good impacts in England. By accessing a wide range of perspectives, it is clear that the Industrial Revolution had both positive and negative effects. The Industrial Revolution brought many hardships to the majority of the population. Factories began to mass-produce, due to a large labour force. Additionally, pollution throughout Europe during industrialization increased rapidly. Factories had poor working conditions, while offering low wages for a full sixteen hours a day of manual labour. An excerpt from William Cooper's testimony in Document 1 proves that labour hours were to long for the workers. ...read more.


According to The Working Man's Companion, "An infinite number of comforts and conveniences which had no existence two or three centuries ago and those comforts are not used only by a few, but are within the reach of almost all men. Your Houses are better, your clothes are cheaper and you have an infinite number of domestic utensils." This portrays that without this revolution, daily comforts and a variety of other modern goods would not be present today. The Industrial Revolution has brought about many evils; however, with the help of factories, writers and philosophers the majority of these evils were addressed. By providing better working conditions, humanly maintaining health and improving our world to what it is today, the Industrial Revolution to many can be considered a success. Aesop a once famous philosopher, preached of addressing evils, "Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin." The Industrial Revolution did exactly this. Looking in retrospect, the Industrial Revolution gave birth to a new era of modernisation, which has been the foundation of the economic world we live in today. Thus, it is evident that the Industrial Revolution's benefits outweighed the costs. ...read more.

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