Technological Transformation - Industrial Revolution W5 R1

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Please analyze the paragraph below and provide feedback in one or two paragraphs.

Question: "How did the Industrial Revolution transform people's daily lives? Be sure to include sanitation and labor."

Response: The Industrial Revolution represented major changes in the late 18th to early 19th centuries. It originated in Great Britain and affected everything from industrial manufacturing processes to the daily lives of the average citizens both positively and negatively.

The Industrial Revolution improved a lot of working conditions and mass productions which helped produce more in less time. Most importantly it raised the standard of living for many people, particularly for the middle and upper class. Nonetheless, life for the poor and working classes continued to be laborious; Earnings decreased enormously, working conditions became more difficult and most of the workers were easily replaced due to new invented technologies taking over. Children were affected as well. Many were part of the labor force but mainly used for tasks such as cleaning the machines and cleaning factory surroundings resulting in factories saving more money; considering the fact that compensation for kids must have been really low.

Industrialization also caused many people to lose their jobs as well as force others to pursue an education or obtain some type of training for the uprising fast approaching technology. New machines meant to do hard labor effectively were now available, as a result a lot of people lost their jobs and had to find alternatives.

Moreover, urban and industrialized areas were unable to keep pace with the flow of arriving workers from other cities, resulting in overcrowded housing and unsanitary living conditions causing different illness issues. By the late 19th century, Conditions however, began to gradually improve as the government instituted various labor reforms and workers gained the right to form trade unions. (history.com 2009)

References:

History.com Staff. (2009). Industrial Revolution. Retrieved November 25, 2016, from http://www.history.com/topics/industrial-revolution

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