Factory Workers In The Industrial Revolution

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Today workers have twelve to sixteen hour shifts, clean working environments, and nicely heated and air conditioned working places. People today have nice luxuries like cars, medicine, and nicely constructed homes. There’s been many technological advances like x-rays, TVs, radios, and plumbing. People would not have these luxuries if it was not for the Industrial Revolution.The Industrial Revolution started in Britain during the eighteenth century, it was a transition from handmade products, to manufactured products. Factory workers in the Industrial Revolution had to undergo working in a humid, unclean factories that were overfull and sickening. The Industrial Revolution arose in Britain for geographic, economic, and political reasons. Its…show more content…
“Other European countries lagged far behind. Their bourgeoisie lacked the wealth, power, and opportunities of their British, French, and Belgian counterparts. Political conditions in the other nations also hindered industrial expansion”(Industrial Revolution). Even though Britain had a great market supply and was politically stable, its raw materials drove its success. Britain’s wealth was created because of its trade ports and surplus of raw materials such as coal and iron. Coal and iron were essential during this time period, and were the start for machinery. Puddling also helped create parts for machines and this rapidly made the industry grow. Britain’s geographic features drove the success of its nation. The geographic features, coal and iron, ran the machines and created products for the markets. Therefore, without Britain’s geographic features, Britain 's political factors would not have been…show more content…
Britain had a lot of flourishing plants and animals. When these animals and plants died, they deposited in the ground. Water and soil put a weight on the old trees, animals, and plants. The weight exerted, protected oxygen from getting in and decaying the remains. This force caused the remains to turn into a dark rock, known as coal(Brown). Coal was an abundant resource used to power machines in Britain. “Everything changed during the Industrial Revolution, which began around 1750. People found an extra source of energy with an incredible capacity for work. That source was fossil fuels — coal, oil, and natural gas, though coal led the way — formed underground from the remains of plants and animals from much earlier geologic times”(Brown). Coal and iron ran machines like the steam engine. Iron was also used for puddling, and making railroads and other forms of transportation. In order to trade with the outside colonies, good transportation was necessary. The surplus of resources like coal and water not only helped power the machines at sufficient rate, but ensured the nation had a good economy and government. These resources were the reason why Britain 's economy and government were stable and prosperous. Without these geographic features, the industrialization in Britain would not have been
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