The inferno then spread across the building within few minutes, causing a terrifying madness among the workers and eyewitnesses. The fire spread faster owing to the nature of the business that dealt with textiles. The clothing burn very fiercely and as such, caused the speedy spread of the fire within the building. As the fire was razing down everything on its path, many of the workers were caught therein, losing their lives. Moreover, many of the exit doors would be locked in the fear of workers stealing company materials.
Although the owner 's gave some information on their perspective about the changing role of women, the worker 's perspective is more credible because it also identifies the social issues of working conditions and wages, education, and wealth and living standards. First, in Britain, Parliament debated the problem of children working in mines by using excerpts from a testimony in 1842. James Pearce, a young 12-year-old boy, was part of one of the excerpts in the testimony. He said, "About a year and a half ago I took to the girdle and chain; I don 't like it; it hurts me; it rubs my skin off; I often feel pain. I get 15d.
During this time, it was not safe for coal miners and even more, their families. Young boys, such as Simms, were growing up and starting to mold their lives; only to be murdered by men with such hatred in them. People who were referred to as “strikebreakers,” would barge into the homes of miners with armed guards, brake up union meetings, and interrupt picket lines. Because of this, many families were evicted from their company housing and into the streets. The strikes lead violence into the streets and into the homes of many innocent
As the rate of industrialization in America grew during the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries, child labor became more and more common. The rapid growth of the economy and the vast amounts of poor immigrants during the Industrial Age in America justified the work of children as young as the age of three. By 1900, over two million children were employed. However, the risks of involving child labor greatly outweighed the positives; child labor was inhumane, cruel, and caused physical deformities among children. Children typically worked in coal mines, mills, and factories which contained many life-threatening hazards.
In Cape Breton, the Sydney coalfield is one of the richest coal resources in the world. Before becoming miners, many poor European Immigrants came to Canada for hopes of earning more money than they did before, many Scottish immigrants settled in Cape Breton but remained poor and jobless. Business men in the late 1800s saw better use for the failing mining companies in Cape Breton if there was a railway built going from Sydney to Louisberg, the provincial government agreed to this which meant coal was not only worth more but the mines would not close during the winter months as they usually did. The dominion coal company took over many unprofitable coal mines in the Sydney Coal Field, many mining sites were built in Glace Bay when the coal industry really took, men were coming to get jobs daily in large numbers and The Dominion Coal Company hurriedly built boarding houses for the men to live in. After these boarding houses were built, they built school houses for the married miners children, hospitals, police stations and fire stations.
Child labor was another problem presented at this time. At the rate they were going back in 1900, 26% of boys between ten and fifteen were already working, and for girls it was 10% (Background Essay). Child labor was increasing as fast as the children working were dying. An example of this tragic scenario was Dennis McKee, a 15-year-old boy who was smothered to death by coal (Document B). This boy had a family, and that family had to deal with the loss of their son, all to the fault of an industry that thought to use young, able-bodied boys for their work was a fantastic idea.
The Orphan Mine first operated in 1951, and was originally intended for extracting copper. Once operations began, uranium was discovered, and the mine’s focus changed to uranium extraction. Due to the primitive methods used by the miners, a large amount of uranium oxide was released from the open vents of the mines. At the same time, the miners, who were not given proper ventilation, inhaled an often deadly level of radon gas, which led to the most common cause of death in the mines being lung cancer. Much of the solid waste from the mining process was left in the mine, and leached into the Colorado River.
The conclusion of the eighteenth century and the dawn of the nineteenth was a time of great growth of industry in America. There were many positives of this growth, and many negatives. One positive were that everybody has more luxuries; another positive was that a lot of money came into the US. There were many severe negatives of the new growth of industry. Two of these were horrible factory conditions, and child labor.
With promises of riches and better living condition than in their respective countries, these immigrants began monopolizing the coal mining camps. However, the ever capitalist Colorado Fuel and Iron Company began reducing cost by exploiting the immigrant laborers and gaining the highest possible profits. These cost reducing changes began a spirit of unevenness to the coal miners that led them to establish
Good morning to all! Today I will be talking about the working conditions during the industrial revolution. Well to start, the industrial revolution took place from the 18th century to the 19th century. The industrial revolution originally began in Britain in the late 1700s. To sum it up, The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes.