Japanese Industrial Revolution Dbq

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With the Industrial Revolution spreading throughout the world in the 1800s, it had a big impact on Japan. One of their biggest advancements were silk factories due to the rise of the new textile industry. Silk factories became a known place for many girls and women to work. Many of the costs and benefits of working there are arguable from pay to how the women were being treated. While some people believe that the wages given to female workers in Japanese Silk Factories were beneficial, it was not worth the low pay, excessive labor, or the working conditions.
Many women took jobs as silk factory workers to get money for their families, but the low pay wasn’t very much help. Document C states that the average daily wage was about thirteen sen
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Document B shows that the average work day was from 4:30 am to 7:30 pm, and sometimes it was even longer. Thirteen to fourteen hour work days with a total of forty minutes break does not seem very fair. These women should be at home with their families or getting an education because during the Industrial Revolution, education became a very important to the people. Document B also states that if these women did not follow the appropriate break schedule, they would be kept for an even longer amount of time to work. Thirteen hours was already too much. It’s unfair that the workers had to work this long of a time every single day with the amount of money they…show more content…
There are countless examples of the horrible treatment that happened in the silk factories. One example from Document A states that worker had to pull threads off silkworm cocoons in hot water basins. Continually having someone's hands stuck in in hot water all day doesn’t seem the best. The worker’s hands could’ve gotten blisters or burns from the water and that isn’t very safe. Another example from Document F includes that inspection managers were sometimes physically abusive to the women. Under no right, should that be allowed anywhere. The price they had to pay didn’t add up to what they got in return.
In history, another example related to what the silk factory workers had to deal with would be slavery. Like the workers, slaves worked hard, long days with no breaks for most of the time. The working conditions were not very good at all and at most times, they were gruesome. If the slaves didn’t do what was told of them, they would be terribly beaten and sometimes even killed. Slaves and silk factory workers alike did not deserve what they have to go
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