Child labour during the Industrial Revolution - Tori Huggins
Our humanity up to this date has accomplished a great many things from the great pyramids of Egypt to landing on the moon. The modern era that that we live and thrive in was in fact foundered on the accomplishments of humans during the infamous industrial revolution. Though many factors of the revolution are considers things that we should be extremely proud of some people may say that a dark shadow blemishes all of the accomplishments, child labour. In this modern era especially in first world countries such as Britain it's pretty gruesome to even consider forcing innocent children to work in dangerous and deadly jobs. Unfortunately that reality isn't to far from home. From the introduction of factories manufactures have needed workers that have specific skills and income expectations. Children were the "smart" option, with small hands and bodies and the expectation of a low or in some ...view middle of the document...
On top of day to day beatings the hours were for some from five am to eight pm with little or no breaks six days a weak. Can these hours be expected of anyone with no mistakes or lapses in focus?
"I work at the silk mill. I am an overlooker and I have to superintend the children at the mill. Their strength goes towards the evening and they get tired. I have been compelled to urge them to work when I knew they could not bear it. I have been disgusted with myself. I felt myself degraded and reduced to the level of a slave-driver. William Rastrick, interviewed in 1832. It's admitted by William Rastrick an overlooker that he felt as if he were a slave-driver. Not treating fellow humans but salves with no freedom and no choice of there own. Some unfortunate children were sold into slavery, to pay off their parents debts or to get their family through another month with food and shelter. Forget having some sort of life or prospects of an education the only thing waiting for you is a wooden bed, twenty hour work days, routine beatings and never seeing your family agin.
In the industrial revolution it was apparently customary to exploit children and expose them to harmful machines. "The smallest child in the factories were scavengers……they go under the machine, while it is going……….it is very dangerous when they first come, but they become used to it." Charles Aberdeen worked in a Manchester cotton factory, written in 1832. I child shouldn't have to become used to risking their lives for an insufficient wage. They should be at school having a childhood and living a wholesome life. Thankfully in 1833 the Factory Act was passed by the British Parliament. This act entitled children to an education and put a limit on working hours. No child under nine years of age could work in a factory and had to attend school for a minimum of two hours a day. A child from the age of nine to thirteen could work a maximum of eight hours a day and a child of fourteen to eighteen could work a maximum of twelve hours a day.
Though it took a while for countries like Britain to undo a wrong that affectively took children's life's it was undone and the world stand better for it today, taller and prouder.