George Brookings Transition From Factory System To The Domestic System

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The Cottage Industry, also known as the Domestic System has shifted to the Factory System, but how did this change affect its workers, and what were the major differences? In an interview with George Brookings, a factory owner, we will discover these changes and impacts. Brookings is a cotton and wool factory owner, who was able to experience the transition from the Factory System to the Domestic System. When Brookings was questioned about life using the domestic system, he answered, “As a child, my family and I were accustomed to the Domestic System. Textile making was done in the comfort of my own home, and my family and I could work at whatever pace we desired. However, it would take long periods of time to finish the job. Wool and …show more content…

Within these years, the population increased immensely, and there was a flaw in this method.” We asked George Brookings what this “flaw” was, and how the population affected the transition into the factory system, and he simply replied, “Well, the flaw is obvious. We could work at our own pace, which means it would normally take a long time to produce the amount needed for the rising demand for wool and cotton as the population grew.” Brookings also mentioned how he started his factory, and how the new Factory System was in his perspective, “Machines were being created during my early 20s. At this time, people were investing in factories and businesses, so I decided to open my own factory. My factory specializes in making wool and cotton. The production rate is extremely fast compared to the Domestic System production rates. I guess you can say that the textile industry moved from farms to factories.” These were benefits of the Factory System; however, Brookings also mentioned some disadvantages of the Factory System, and other “flaws” he has observed in his own factory. Brookings said, “Production rates were great! The economy was booming! On the other hand, life in the actual factories weren’t so great… I understand that in many factories, the workers are treated poorly, regardless of

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