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Ch. 20 Dbq Essay

670 words - 3 pages

The rapid and abrupt expansion of Manchester made it one of the most successful cities in the Europe during the 19th century, but along with its prosperity came many social welfare issues, such as its filthy living conditions and the good industry it had at the cost of men’s lives during the early 19th century and overstatement of its success in the later 19th century, and with these problems came a variety of reactions, such as disgust and discontent during the beginning of the 19th century and content with the improved health and better wages for the lower classes in the later 19th century.
Between 1829 and 1842 (the early 19th century), an issue noted by the common folk (docs. 2 and 4), visitors to Manchester (doc. 5), health reformers (doc. 6), and socialists (doc. 7) alike was that the filthy living conditions near factories were a major problem due to overcrowding. Edwin Chadwick, a public health reformer (doc. 6), was frustrated with these massive expansions for they led to terrible living conditions near the factories and a “short lived, reckless, and intemperate” lifetime. Since he was a public health reformer, he would find this as an unnecessary issue for small changes, such as better work places and cleaner streets, would solve this problem. He points out that children and “adults” are receiving education just to die often at the young age of 17.
During the late 19th century, many different issues were brought up like the overstatement of just how great Manchester was by the upper class men (doc. 10) and benefitting companies (doc. 9) never mentioning how disgusting their city really was, just the fact they were an extremely profitable city. Wheelan and Co. (doc. 9) was supportive of the growth of Manchester because it meant more business for them. They exaggerated how attractive the city of Manchester was and how willing its people were to work in its factories. They would do this to improve demand and...

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