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Cotton Industry Dbq Essay

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When Japan and India began to mechanize their cotton industries between the 1880s and 1930s, several similarities and differences surfaced. Both Japan and India’s cotton yarn productions began to increase rapidly, workers in both countries faced similar poor working conditions, and the transaction of workers going from rural to urban areas were protruding. However, both countries contained a difference in the type of workers in the cotton industry workforce as well as the displacement of skilled Indian workers as opposed to Japanese workers. (Thesis) In the mechanization of the cotton industry, Japan and India similarly shared their ways of production in which they both had rapid growth with machine-made cotton between the 1880s and the 1930s …show more content…

Document 4, provides evidence that the income that young girls received from working in factories was beneficial to their family because by the girls moving to from rural to urban areas they were able to provide to their families. In Documents 5, it states Tsurumi Shunsuke, a Japanese Industrialist, acknowledging the low payment he gives his workers because the people he gives employment are in no need of providing for family needs or subsisting any parents or siblings since he believed that the individuals moved from rural to urban areas because they had ‘unattached’ from their rest of their families. As for document 9, it states that most workers of the cotton mills were recruited peasants and agricultural laborers of the villages, which meant that the workers had to transfer from a rural environment to an urban …show more content…

Document 3 states the story of two women recalling their experiences working in textile factories as young girls. In this document, the Japanese girls point of view expressed that they did not enjoyed working because of the poor conditions that they were placed under which included low salaries, unhealthy working stations, and long working hours (POV). As for Document 4, it provides evidence that the income that young girls received from working in factories was beneficial to their family because the girls were able to provide for them. This document also portrays that because the Japanese girl worked during their girlhood, not only did Japan had women working but children as well. Then a 1920s photo of a Japanese cotton mill is displayed in document 8, which reveals that there were mostly women employees working in that particular factory. These three documents similarly show there was a leading importance of women to Japan’s mechanized cotton industry as well as a employment of children in factories. This greatly contrast to India, which can be seen in document 7 as it reveals that during this time period while Japan had 80.6% of female employment, India only had 18.9 %. Furthermore, the contrast can be seen visually by comparing the images from Document 8 and document 10, in which document 8 shows females as being dominant in factory employment, in

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